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BDN Letters to the Editor – Fighting drug addiction

In 2016, drug overdoses claimed the lives of 378 Mainers, a nearly 40 percent increase over the previous year. In response, Mainers are stepping up to support their neighbors who are struggling with addiction through organizations like the volunteer-run Bangor Area Recovery Network in Brewer.

As one of the board members of BARN, I recently invited Sen. Susan Collins to come to the facility and meet with the members of leadership. During her visit, we spoke with Collins about BARN’s programs to help those recovering from addiction as well as their families. BARN hosts more than 110 recovery meetings each month and receives an average of 1,500 visits monthly.

Collins has worked hard at the federal level to secure the funding and resources necessary to fight the scourge of addiction that is harming too many families and communities. We appreciate her support for programs like BARN and know that she will continue to be a strong advocate for us in Washington.

The growing epidemic of drug abuse affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds. In the face of this tragedy, however, it is heartening to see the community rallying to assist their neighbors in need. Maine is fortunate to have representatives like Collins who care deeply about this problem and are committed to finding bipartisan solutions.

In meetings with her, she always wants to talk with individuals and listen to their thoughts. She uses this information to make decisions in the best interest of her constituents.

Jerry Goss