Aroostook family members and advocates say additional resources are essential to protect against overdose fatalities

CARIBOU, Maine — In pictures, TJ Poitraw smiles kindly into the digicam. His mom, Renee Fulton, stated he was the variety of guy who was always attempting to make people today laugh, generally striving to support other people today get better. Poitraw was in recovery and just 26 when he […]

CARIBOU, Maine — In pictures, TJ Poitraw smiles kindly into the digicam. His mom, Renee Fulton, stated he was the variety of guy who was always attempting to make people today laugh, generally striving to support other people today get better.

Poitraw was in recovery and just 26 when he died of an overdose a few months in the past. He had been dwelling in Vermont and doing work at Adult & Teenager Challenge — a religion-primarily based restoration business — and was only again in Caribou quickly when he died.

Maine is on track to have its deadliest year of the opioid epidemic in 2021 — an regular of 51 people are dying each individual thirty day period from overdoses. Due to the fact January, 16 men and women have died of an overdose in Aroostook County, just 1 significantly less person than in the whole 2020 calendar year.

Edie Villetas

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