MAINE DRUG CRISIS: 16-Year-Old Boy Dies From Apparent Overdose, Investigation Underway
It's a problem that is not just exclusive to Maine, but nearly every single state across the United States of America. Of course we're talking about the drug crisis.
For years it seems that the war on drugs has been a losing battles as the availability of illicit drugs increase, coinciding with dramatic increase of overdose-related deaths. Many states have tried dozens of different tactics to help combat this deadly plague, but to no real avail.
Some states have decriminalized possession and use, while others have created safe injection sites. Sadly, even with the development of NARCAN, the news continues to churn out story after story of people succumbing to these deadly drugs- primarily fentanyl.
Of course it always hits a little deeper in the heart strings when the deaths being reported are those of children. Sadly that's exactly what we learned had happened at the end of last week here in the Pine Tree State.
According to WABI, police and first responders in Lincoln, Maine reported to a call of a potential overdose on Friday afternoon. When they arrived on scene they apparently found a 16-year-old boy who was no longer conscious.
The news station reports that first responders worked on the young teen for nearly 40 minutes at the Kathadin Avenue home, though sadly they were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
WABI says that officials are now treating this as an overdose death and asking anyone who may have information regarding the incident to contact authorities with the Lincoln Police Department.
***If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol and/or drug use, call 211 to get help today. We offer information and referrals to a number of programs from outpatient treatment facilities to hospitalization options***
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