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Drug Addiction in MaineMaine is a unique state in many respects. It has some of the largest stretches of uninhabited forest left in America, and many unique natural wonders. Despite having such a small population, it also hosts one of the busiest ports on the East Coast. It also has an unusual mixture of urban and rural poverty that contributes to significant drug abuse problems.

Maine's Remote Problems

As a relatively remote part of the country that is far away from many drug trafficking routes, Maine is far less saturated with cocaineheroin, and methamphetamine than many places. However rural drug favorites such as home-made meth and prescription drugs are a serious danger to many. In fact, Maine has one of the highest crime rates related to opiate painkiller abuse in the nation, and has one of the nation's highest rates of admissions for painkiller dependency. The epidemic is particularly intense because of the centralization of most of Maine's populace; over 20% resides in the greater Portland area. This means that Portland experiences severe consequences of drug abuse, including drug-related theft and crime and shoulders the bulk of the state's drug addiction treatment responsibilities.

Lagging Addiction Treatment

Unfortunately, those responsibilities are often too much to handle. Maine consistently ranks as one of the states with the highest rate of addicted teenagers that do not receive addiction treatment. This is a difficult situation to handle because there is little if any help in the vast majority of the state, and in Portland as well as other populated coastal areas there aren't enough treatment services to meet everyone's needs. This is tragic, because opiate users as well as heavy users of other drugs can only defeat their addiction by getting professional treatment.

Cities in Maine with chronic drug problems: Portland, Bangor, Lewiston, Augusta, Waterville, Biddeford, and Auburn

Counties in Maine suffering from untreated addiction problems: Cumberland, York, Penobscot, Kennebec, Androscoggin, and Aroostook.

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