Local, State and National Resources

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Below is a list of Local and National organizations that provide services to the public regarding addiction, community empowerment, drug education and prevention, drug take back programs, recovery, and overall health and wellness. 

Local and State

211 Maine

211 is a free, statewide confidential information and referral service that connects people of all ages across Maine to local services. 211 Maine is based in Maine and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Specialist are trained and friendly; they know we all need help sometimes.

211 Maine is a collaborative effort of the United Way of Maine, the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and The Opportunity Alliance as the Contact Center Partner. Together, they ensure all Mainers have access to the information they need to stay safe and healthy.

211 Maine can be reached via phone, text, email or by searching 211 Maine online database.


AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc

The mission of AdCare Educational Institute is to advance knowledge, skills, and awareness in the prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery of substance use disorders, behavioral health, and related public health issues.


Bangor Public Health, Prevention Program

The Bangor Public Health department was founded in 1954 and since that time has sought to improve the health status of its residents . The work is guided by this vision: all residents deserve to live in thriving communities where every person has a healthy and fulfilling life.


Eyes Open Maine

It can happen in Maine. It is happening in Maine. Substance use disorder is affecting our communities, our workplaces, our friends and family. Do what you can to stop it; see something, say something; don’t be quiet. Know that there are resources available – users and for family members. There are things you can do if you’re taking prescription medication and there are actions that prescribers can take. There are places to turn for help.

Eyes open to the crisis, eyes open to the possibilities for changes, eyes open to our collective future.


Maine Association of Recovery Residences

The Maine Association for Recovery Residences (MARR) is a nonprofit organization that manages the ethical and safety standards for recovery residences in the State of Maine. MARR believes all people seeking recovery-based housing should have access to both a safe and accommodating residence where they can live a healthy and rewarding life. The primary mission of MARR is to promote this ethical and sustainable management of high-quality recovery residence throughout the State of Maine.


New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center

The purpose of the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network is to improve implementation and delivery of effective substance abuse prevention interventions, and provide training and technical assistance services to the substance abuse prevention field.  


OPTIONS (Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach Naloxone and Safety)

The Overdose Prevention Through Intensive Outreach Naloxone and Safety (OPTIONS) initiative is a coordinated effort of the Maine Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and other state agencies to improve the health of Mainers using substances through harm reduction strategies, helping them on the road to recovery, and dramatically reducing the number of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses.


Portland Public Health, Overdose Prevention Project

In response to a record number of fatal overdose deaths in Portland, Public Health Division began the Overdose Prevention Project in January 2003. The program was designed to approach the issue of accidental overdose from a public health perspective. PPH works with community members impacted by substance use, directly or indirectly, and empower them through harm reduction-focused education and services to make positive changes in their lives. The goal is to provide simple and effective trainings, presentations and material that will help reduce the number of overdose fatalities and other negative consequences associated with substance use.


Portland Public Health, Substance Use Prevention Program

Under the umbrella of Portland Prevention, the Substance Use Prevention Program uses an array of strategies to target populations, ranging from adolescents to adults, with the goal of empowering people to make choices that will ensure healthy and productive lives while providing options that help reduce the harm caused by drug use.


You Are Prevention.

On this page, you will find a listing of our partners organized north to south across Maine.  If you have questions about programs and resources available in your area please reach out to your Local Prevention Partner.


Youth Peer Support Statewide Network

The youth peer support statewide network serves youth ages 14-26 who self-identify with history of mental health and/or substance use challenges. 

To get involved, email us at YPSSN@mainehealth.org or call us 207-396-7052.

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Federal Government Agencies

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Schools, Students, Families (U.S. Department of Education)

This site discusses the role of schools, students, parents and guardians, and the Department of Education in combating the nationwide opioid epidemic.


Drug Enforcement Administration

The main mission of the DEA is to dismantle the major drug trafficking organizations. It is also committed to reducing the demand for drugs through prevention and education activities. DEA’s Office of Demand Reduction works with Special Agents across the United States to provide drug prevention information to communities on the dangers of using illicit drugs and drug trends.

Website for teens: www.justthinktwice.com; website for parents: www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com


National Guard

The National Guard’s Counterdrug Program’s mission is to use the National Guard’s resources to help create the best opportunity for America’s youth to make the decision to be drug-free. They work with local law enforcement, education and community based organizations to reduce the chances of exposure of illegal drugs to our nation’s children.


National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) –Impaired Driving Division

This division has driving resources, including information on investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cases involving impaired driving. The office uses a three-pronged strategy: high visibility law enforcement with supporting communication campaigns; enhanced prosecution and adjudication; and medical screening and brief intervention for alcohol abuse problems.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA conducts research and disseminates the results of research programs about the effects of drug on the body and brain.


Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP)

ONDCP reports directly to the President and is responsible for overseeing the substance abuse budgets of all the federal agencies and develops the President’s National Drug Control Strategy each year.  ONDCP administers the Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and the Drug Free Communities Support Program


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is responsible for overseeing and administering mental health, drug prevention and drug treatment programs around the nation. The agency is made up of 3 centers: The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP); Center for Mental Health (CMH) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

Free publications from SAMHSA can be downloaded at http://Store.samhsa.gov


U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS)

The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools provides financial assistance for drug and violence prevention programs that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

For information on specific funding for programs www2.ed.gov/programs/landing.jhtml 


Non-Federal Prevention Resources

American Council for Drug Education (ACDE)

This is a substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current scientific research on drug use and its impact on society.


AWARxE Prescription Drug Safety Program

The AWARxE Prescription Drug Safety Program, supported by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation, is an information source providing authoritative resources about medication safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safely buying medications on the Internet.  The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is the impartial professional organization that supports the state boards of pharmacy in protecting public health. NABP aims to ensure the public’s health and safety.


Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)

CESAR’s mission is to inform policymakers, practitioners, and the general public about substance abuse, its nature and extent, its prevention and treatment, and its relation to other problems.


Community Antidrug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

CADCA is an organization whose purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community anti-drug coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy, and drug free communities.


Prevent Rx Abuse A CADCA Toolkit

CADCA’s Online Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit contains facts, strategies and tools to prevent and reduce teen Rx medicine abuse in your community. This newly revised toolkit is based on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change. Incorporating these strategies will help you formulate, modify and implement your prevention and intervention strategies.


Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF)

This organization is a drug prevention and policy organization committed to development, promotion and sustaining global strategies, policies and laws to reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, drug related injury and death.


Drug Strategies

This is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment website dedicated to providing the best resources for fighting substance abuse.


Elks Drug Awareness Program

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has a resource center for the Elks National Drug Awareness Program, the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States.


National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACOA)

The mission is to eliminate the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families.


National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NDCP)

NDCP is the national membership organization for public, Drug Court, DWI Court and Mental Health Court professionals, including justice system, alcohol and drug treatment, and mental health treatment professionals.  


National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI)

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators is a non-profit membership organization that works to develop and implement solutions to the problem of prescription drug diversion. NADDI advocates for the responsible use of prescription drugs by people who need them, and at the same time, works with law enforcement and state regulatory agents to pursue those involved in related criminal activity. 



The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) has launched a program designed to significantly reduce the prescription drugs in American homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. Therefore, NADDI has developed this web page to provide the locations of law enforcement sites that are accepting prescription drugs throughout the United States.


National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

This association Supports the development of effective prevention and treatment programs and provides assistance to state alcohol and treatment agencies and state prevention agencies.


National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

As a private nonprofit organization the mission is to help families and their communities keep safe from crime. They sponsor a public education campaign involving 1600 crime prevention professionals.


National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)

NIPC serves as an inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, stimulates media coverage about inhalant issues, develops materials, and provides training and technical assistance


Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDF)

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction.

Also, PDF has trained professionals to available via phone and online chat to help parents who think their loved one is struggling with addiction. Learn more. 


White Bison, Inc.

An American Indian non-profit charitable organization that offers sobriety, recovery addictions prevention, and wellness/wellbriety resources to the Native American community nationwide, as well as to non-Native people.


Youth Organizations

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people; especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 


D.A.R.E.-Drug Abuse Resistance Education

D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives.


Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

SADD is a youth-based, peer-to-peer organization that promotes youth empowerment and uses peer influence to spread the message of positive decision-making. The SADD organization is comprised of thousands of Chapters that embrace a "no use" policy and help educate their peers about potentially destructive decisions regarding underage drinking, impaired driving, other drug use, bullying, and suicide.

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