A new school year is set to begin. Local child safety advocates say its a great opportunity for parents to check in with their kids on what they're doing online. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week's Intervention Aroostook. .
The discussion of mental health is finally moving to the forefront in many circles. Our own Shawn Cunningham and Brian Bouchard are doing an ongoing team coverage series called “A Sound Mind”, looking at mental health and the resources available in the county community to help people struggling. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn reports on the link between mental health challenges and substance use disorder for many people.
An effort to curtail and crackdown the sale of flavored tobacco products to youth has hit a hurdle in the state legislature. But activists say its not slowing down their efforts one bit. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham looks at ways to handle a dual diagnosis.
Despite Maine now moving into a regular recreational marijuana law state, some health organizations say they’ll continually push for anti-marijuana and flavored tobacco usage, especially among young people. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
-The Aroostook Mental Health Center is celebrating a major financial award. A million dollars allocated to the agency to expand their residential treatment services. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -The momentum is building even more so to get more communities to tighten laws surrounding youth access to e-cigarette and vaping products in Maine. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -Last night we featured an Intervention Aroostook where a drug prevention program says more awareness needs to happen to educate youngsters about the dangers of marijuana. In part 2 of her report, Shawn Cunningham looks at why its important communities collaborate to get that message out there...
A woman who lost a son to suicide and addiction is sharing the tragedy with others nationwide, in hopes more families don’t have to experience the same pain. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
A key provision in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by both the House and Senate would lead to a new national safety standard requiring state-of-the-art technology in all new cars that would ultimately eliminate drunk driving. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham has more on how one organization has been working on this initiative for more than 40 years and reaction now that it’s becoming legislation.
Its a silent crime that’s happening in Maine and even right here in Aroostook County. Human trafficking could be occurring right in your own community. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham talks to an advocate agency that’s working to give voices to victims sometimes hiding in plain sight.
Now we turn to the opioid crisis in the county community and efforts to reduce the number of overdoses. The Aroostook County Jail is launching a pilot program to give naloxone to every person leaving incarceration. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week's Intervention Aroostook.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about a quarter of car crashes with teens involve an underage drinking driver. But one state advocate says with more education and awareness, more lives could be saved. It's the focus of this week's Intervention Aroostook with Shawn Cunningham.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -Actor Michael K. Williams died last week from an apparent drug overdose. His death is the latest in a long list of celebrities to lose a long battle with substance use disorder. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook Shawn Cunningham says people struggling with addiction and those in recovery can learn from these incidents...the biggest lesson to take advantage of community resource options before its too late.
New statistics are out about drug use and overdose deaths that happened last year in Maine. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham reveals some startling numbers and talks to the county Sheriff who says THIS YEAR the numbers could climb because of some frightening drug trends.
A workplace culture such as the food and hospitality industry can allow substance use like drinking alcohol. But that consumption can negatively impact the business, employee well being and overall bottom line. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham looks at a program that helps employers and employees be proactive.
A longstanding national youth organization is working to increase their presence in Maine and Aroostook County. By doing so they’re hoping to deter more young people from starting risky behaviors like substance use and drinking. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
A report compiled by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center showed that drugs caused 132 overdose deaths in the second quarter of 2020. Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey noted its a 4% increase from the first quarter of last year. But those working in the emergent community say they hope an opioid overdose reversal drug may help save more lives. Its the focus of tonight’s Intervention Aroostook with Shawn Cunningham.
A local coalition is using the month of May to educate the community, families and in particular young people about the dangers of substance use. Shawn Cunningham reports in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
While there may finally be light at the end of this pandemic tunnel because of the now available Covid-19 vaccine, there is also more resources available for people struggling with addiction. Shawn Cunningham report on what those are in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham reports on what fentanyl actually is and why its a leading cause of many drug overdose deaths.
Recently, the Maine Department of Corrections announced the expansion of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for residents of state correctional facilities who have opioid use disorder. In part 2 of this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham talks to the Deputy Commissioner about the effort to help incarcerated individuals overcome addiction.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -Recently, the Maine Department of Corrections announced the expansion of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for residents of state correctional facilities who have opioid use disorder. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham talks to the Deputy Commissioner about the effort to help incarcerated individuals overcome addiction.
The grades are out on how the state of Maine is tackling issues involving smoking. There’s some good news to report, but as Shawn Cunningham finds in this week’s Intervention Aroostook, there is more work to be done in a few particular areas.
A New Year and one resolution that local law enforcement maintain is important to keep...combating drugs in the community. Shawn Cunningham talks to the Aroostook County Sheriff about the effort to keep drugs off the streets in 2020 and what’s ahead for 2021.
2020 has been a year unlike any other. The stress of this ongoing pandemic can pose a challenge to mental health and make some people vulnerable to vices like substance use. But there are some things you can do to be mindful and positive. Its the focus of this Intervention Aroostook.
Drug interactions can occur when two or more drugs react with each other. It can have dangerous effects on patients. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham talks to a healthcare practitioner about the importance of knowing your meds.
-October is domestic violence awareness month. But victim advocates say the work of educating the public about this serious community issue goes on throughout the year. And THIS YEAR, during a pandemic, the work is even more critical. Especially when substance abuse is factored in. Let’s a look at how.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention cigarette smoking causes more than 480 thousand deaths each year in the United States. In this week’s Intervention Aroostook, Shawn Cunningham talks to community educators about the challenge of getting youth to not take up the hazardous health habit.
Although today is September 1st, an important community event was held last night in Caribou. It was overdoses awareness day, part a event created to remember the lives of people who died from drug overdoses. Shawn Cunningham has more on the significance of the event in this week’s Intervention Aroostook.
Some new stats are out showing a positive outlook on youth drinking. But local substance abuse prevention advocates say the effort to deter youth from other habits like smoking and vaping still pose a challenge...especially during a pandemic. Shawn Cunningham examines the issue in this week's Intervention Aroostook.
Millions of people in the U.S. are impacted by mental illness each year. May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Local mental health practitioners say now more than ever...during this pandemic its important people recognize the signs and symptoms that they are not OKAY.
Shawn Cunningham reports on that in this Intervention Aroostook.
The question of whether vaping is safe continues to be a controversial issue with now nearly fifty deaths in the U.S. And now another health agency is stepping in to call attention to a new series of chrnoic health issues related to the practice. Its the focus of Intervention Aroostook with Shawn Cunningham
The job market can be a crowded place. But if you're recovering from a substance use disorder it can seem like a lonely place. Advocates for people in recovery say its critical employment hiring practices evolve to be more inclusive to people in recovery.
Its the focus of this week's Intervention Aroostook with Shawn Cunningham.
Please be advised some of the images in thos story are a depiction of drug use.
Looking for a job. Many people are, and a number of them are in substance use recovery. But once that's divulged, what likelihood do people have of getting or staying on the job. Its the focus of this week's Intervention Aroostook with Shawn Cunningham.
Please be advised some of the images in this story are a depiction of drug use.