Spotlight: Access Health’s Role in Preventing Youth Substance Use

What is Prevention? Public health prevention means intervening before negative health impacts occur. We practice prevention in our everyday lives through vaccinations, healthy eating, altering risky behaviors known to be associated with diseases and harmful health conditions.[1] An essential piece of prevention focuses on substance use, specifically geared towards children and young adults. Prevention plays… Read more »

Preventing Teen Substance Use Through the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us here in Maine, which means snow days with friends, warm evenings by the fire with family, and much anticipated celebrations. Seasonal gatherings provide teens with an essential break to unwind and opportunities to enjoy time with friends, while social commitments and planning for relatives can make connecting with teens… Read more »

Join The Great American Smokeout!

Thanksgiving kicks-off the holiday season this month, gifting us time for family, appreciation, and new resolutions. For more than 40 years, The American Cancer Society has been providing an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to quit using tobacco products. On November 21st, Americans will be challenged… Read more »

National Red Ribbon Week Kick-Off

Wear a red ribbon this week as a symbol of intolerance towards youth substance use! Today is the beginning of National Red Ribbon Week (10/23 – 10/31), the nation’s oldest substance use prevention awareness program. Red Ribbon Week was created in honor of Drug Enforcement Agent Special Agent Enrique Camarena who lost his life in… Read more »

Access Health Participates in Senior Health Fair!

This October Access Health seized a great opportunity to promote safe ways to dispose of unwanted or unused medications to a vital and growing population throughout Maine’s mid-coast at the 2019 People Plus Seniors Expo. Last week, attendees were welcomed to learn more about local resources that are helpful while cleaning out their medicine cabinets… Read more »

Medication Collection Next Month

Did you see our Medication Collection Ad on Facebook or Instagram recently? We are spreading the word about our Medication Collection that is held twice per year. Bring you unused and unwanted medications to a collection point so they can be safely disposed of. This year it will be held on October 26th from 10… Read more »

Upcoming Resource Fairs!

Did you know that there are many resource fairs and open houses happening in our community over the next few months? We will have a table and information present at all of the following places so come visit us! Set for Success – August 25th Brunswick Junior High School Open House – August 28th Mt…. Read more »

Access Health Presents at Opioid Conference

Access Health Prevention Specialist Jen Kellerman attended First Annual Governor Mills Opioid Response Summit. Titled Turning the Tide: Maine’s Path Forward in Addressing the Opioid Crisis, the day included members of the public, substance use disorder experts, health providers, affected individuals and families, as well as law enforcement officials from across Maine. Jen presented on… Read more »

Access Health Completes Year-Long Project to Reduce Opioid Overdoses

Access Health has spent the last year convening a group of key local partners to learn and share strategies on reducing opioid overdoses. Coordinated by the Northern New England-Practice Transformation Network, the project is known as the Community Opioid Overdose Response Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes – or COOR ECHO. The project consists of monthly… Read more »

Highly Potent Marijuana Concerning Healthcare Professionals

The potency of marijuana has been increasing significantly over the years. Studies have shown that the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, called THC, has increased from 4% in 1995 to 17.1% in 2017. This is concerning to scientists and healthcare professionals because THC can actually have the opposite effects on people at high doses then it… Read more »