What: Will Gates died from a heroin overdose in 2009. His father, Skip ,began a journey to try and educate as many people as possible of the harm in not only the drug, but how we are dealing with the problem. This presentation features the experience of the student's father and a number of recovering heroin addicts. The presentation is meant to educate young people and their parents about the dangers of prescription drug and heroin use.
Drug overdoses and related abuse from opiates killed 176 people in Maine in 2013.
In 2013, 4,801 Mainers sought treatment for opiate addiction.
In the state of Maine, In 2014, there were 2,538 admissions in which heroin or morphine were the primary substance for which treatment was sought.
In 2013, the proportion of primary treatment admissions for patients in Cumberland County for heroin/morphine was ten percentage points higher than the state (27% compared to 17%).
There have been four heroin overdoses in Falmouth over the past 10 months.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported that about 9% of 8th graders, 11% of 10th graders, and 12% of 12th graders have used and/or abused opiates in 2013.
According to the 2013 MYHS, 5% of high school students in Cumberland County have used heroin at least once in their lifetime.
According to the 2013 MYHS, 16% of high school students in Cumberland County have used prescription opiates without a prescription at least once in their lifetime.