Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014: Substance Abuse Treatment, Retirement Insecurity, National Park Support

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Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014: Substance Abuse Treatment, Retirement Insecurity, National Park Support


National treasure

I moved to Maine two years ago from Pennsylvania, following my husband, who is pursuing his medical career here. I had no preconceived ideas about Maine before the move except a vague idea that it was where lobster comes from. To my surprise, I promptly fell in love with this beautiful state that is full of lush and ecologically diverse forests, mountains, pristine lakes and scenic coastline.

We have enjoyed hiking, backpacking, canoeing, skiing and birding here, and we have been welcomed into a passionate and strong statewide community of people who both enjoy and strive to preserve the wonderful natural assets of the state of Maine.

A couple of weeks ago, we had the privilege of joining a group of mountain bikers exploring the Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area, property owned by Elliotsville Plantation Inc. EPI has proposed to donate this property to the National Park Service. This was a part of the North Woods of Maine that I had not yet seen or experienced.

We biked on old logging roads to a beautiful spot called Orin Falls, where, abandoning our bikes to play in the stream, we clambered over giant boulders to enjoy views of the surrounding forest and mountains before settling down for a picnic lunch. I encourage others to visit this beautiful location and urge our congressional representatives to help make it a part of our national park system. This land is one of Maine's and the nation's real treasures.

Carly Andersen

Bangor

'Clunky' access

Jackie Farwell's July 26 BDN article about the drug abuse epidemic is a factual account of a, so far, less-than-perfect system for monitoring abuse of prescription medications. The imperfections - - exclusion of the large VA system source of medications and the significant contribution by methadone clinics -- have been problems.

The "clunky" access to the system for prescribers has been another problem and a deterrent to use. This has improved. Yet pharmacy data entry delays haven't improved; they are required only weekly, although soon will change to daily. When availability of information is so delayed, a wide window is created for doctor or emergency room "shopping" for prescriptions by abusers with little likelihood of identification.

Rep. Anne Perry, D-Calais, carefully evaluated the substance abuse problem, submitted and guided to passage legislation with effective measures for control of an escalating abuse problem. Unfortunately, as several articles report, the reporting system effectiveness was compromised by entities that could not or preferred not to be engaged completely.

The successful effort of Perry stands in stunning contrast to the myopic, regressive legislation submitted to and championed in the past Legislature by Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, whom Perry seeks to unseat. His proposal sought to shut down effective treatment programs for prescription drug abusers and addicts and leave them with no sanctioned means of treatment. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed to create an effective, not strictly punitive, environment for the treatment of abuse.

Charles T. McHugh

Baileyville

Retirement dignity

I read with interest and sadness the July 25 BDN article about the widow who has been denied her husband's Social Security benefits. …

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