February 27, 2017
Opiate Helpline: Working to address prenatal opiate exposure in Maine
In partnership with Maine Department of Health and Human Services, 2-1-1 Maine provides a statewide helpline for individuals seeking services for opiate use disorder.
Since April 2016, 2-1-1 has sought to attract pregnant women to the Helpline, offering an immediate transfer (known as a warm hand-off) to a service provider. Callers are asked permission to be contacted 2-3 days following the call to see if they received services from the referral source.
"The State sees the value in partnering with a statewide service like 2-1-1 to provide referrals for people struggling with addiction in Maine," said Mike Parks, associate director for the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. "With more than 1,000 babies born exposed to substances every year in Maine, we must focus on encouraging mothers to seek treatment, erase the stigma around asking for help and let them know help is there."
If you know someone with an opiate use disorder, encourage them to call 2-1-1 to get connected to help in their area. Getting help is a sign of strength.
2-1-1 is an iniative of United Ways of Maine initiative, as part of a national movement to centralize and streamline access to health and human service information and resources. For more information, visit 211maine.org.
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