Vital Signs: Maine could lose program that alerts docs to drug arrests

The Diversion Alert Program provides secure online access to drug arrest data to health care providers so they can identify patients at risk of overdosing, in need of addiction treatment or engaged in illegal prescription drug distribution.

Clare Desrosiers, who runs the program out of her home in the southern Aroostook community of Linneus, said it tackles the underlying cause of prescription drug abuse — access to drugs through prescribers.

The program initially was established in Aroostook County in 2009 before being expanded statewide in 2013 with funding from a two-year grant from the Maine attorney general’s office. The money runs out this month.

Maine could lose program that alerts doctors to patients with drug arrests

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Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell

Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.