The statistics about heroin abuse tell us that more and more of Maine’s residents are dying from overdoses. In 2013, drugs killed more Mainers than car crashes.
What the numbers don’t tell us are the stories of those lost lives. The aftershocks of drug deaths reverberate through families and communities long after the initial loss, most often through whispered remembrances and private mourning. But one Maine family has brought their grief out in to the open, in hopes of saving others from the same fate.
Ryan Bossie, 26, died “after losing a hard-fought battle with addiction,” his obituary reads.
“It’s better than sweeping it under the rug,” said his brother, Andrew Bossie.
Other top health stories:
Tuesday’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report captured some last-minute stragglers, putting Maine’s enrollment tally at 74,805 as of Feb. 22.
The Cancer Community Center’s Maine Buddy Program pairs cancer survivors with a wide range of experiences in one-to-one partnerships with others newly experiencing a diagnosis.
From our bloggers
George Smith, George’s Outdoor News
The steady spread of Lyme Disease requires all of us to focus more attention on the ticks, the need for a quick response if you’ve been bitten by a tick, and the treatments for those who get to a doctor quickly and those who don’t.
Diane Atwood, Catching Health
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From the source
Stop Googling your health questions and use this list of reputable websites instead.
Compiled by Bangor Daily News Health Editor Jackie Farwell