As the most Northeast tip of the U.S., Maine is the only state with only 1 other state on its border. Given its latitude Maine keeps a cool 20-degree average temperature through the winter. Even with the adverse atmosphere, Maine still boasts a healthy agricultural production including hearty vegetables like potatoes and broccoli. The state is also known for its robust lobster farming, accounting for 90% of the nation’s lobster supply, which is roughly 40 million pounds of lobster. The populace responsible for these national contributions unfortunately struggle with both legal and illicit substances. Maine seems to struggle with alcohol use more than the national average in certain respects. Statistics concerning drunk driving paint a problematic picture of young people’s use of alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Nearly 40% of under 21 driving fatalities involve alcohol compared to the national average of 24%. Maine also regularly beats the average excessive consumption of alcohol in the U.S. Throw into this mix a growing issue with Methamphetamine use and the ongoing Opioid epidemic, it can seem overwhelming. Finding yourself or a loved one addicted to legal or illicit substances is hard and the thought of recovery may be even more so but know that you are not alone and there are treatment centers willing to give you counsel and help in your healing journey.
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