Dignity volunteers were set up in Monument Square today in an effort to remind the public that anyone suffering from opiate addiction deserves to be treated with dignity and to end discrimination against opiate users.
The two year old non-profit has been meeting at 25 Middle Street developing their agenda, their mission statement and signing up volunteers to advocate for people who often can’t do that for themselves.
And the advocates continue to have their work cut out for them. Deaths due to overdoses of drugs have hit the East Coast especially hard – those states include Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maine according to a front page story in The New York Times on June 6, 2017, “US Drug Deaths Climbing Faster Than Ever.”
Maine has lost 272 people to opiate overdoses in 2015 and 368 in 2016, according to literature provided by Dignity. Already 2017 is on track to set another tragic record.
The goal of the non-profit is “to encourage people to lead with compassion….to incorporate the philosophy of harm reduction into our educational systems, health care models and social service organizations.”
To learn more about Dignity, go to its web page: www.DignityMaine.com and email it at: DignityMaine@gmail.com (207) 773-9724, ext. 5.