Opioid epidemic brings ‘large metropolis’ issues to rural Maine

Frustrations boiled over for River Valley residents at a city corridor assembly in Mexico on Friday night time as they shared harrowing particulars of how substance use, homelessness and crime locally has affected their lives.

Some attendees shared their very own private tales of restoration from drug or alcohol use; whereas others described the deep pains of dropping relations and family members from a deadly overdose.

Proof of the opioid epidemic is difficult to overlook of their communities alongside the Androscoggin River, they stated. Needles are strewn about their colleges’ athletic fields, in style strolling trails and in entrance lawns.