Substance Abuse

Under the umbrella of Portland Prevention, our substance abuse prevention programs use 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.

Our coalitions (One Maine One Portland, Overdose Prevention Project and Portland Women’s Task Force) focus on asset-based positive youth development, the prevention of fatal overdoses through education, support and outreach and improved access to treatment, recovery and support services for women struggling with addiction.

National Prevention Week 2012
National Prevention Week is a new annual health observance that celebrates the work that community organizations and individuals do year-round to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being. Healthy Portland worked with local partner, 21 Reasons, a project of Medical Care Development (MCD) to raise awareness of the vital role of prevention. 

Activities included the passage and signing of a Resolution to declare the week of May 21st, 2012, Prevention Week by the Portland City Council and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and a booth at the Portland Farmer’s Market where people  pledged to prevent substance abuse and promote mental health in their own lives and the lives of those in our community by taking and signing the SAMHSA Prevention Pledge.

If you would like training information or materials on these or other addiction/substance abuse prevention topics, please contact the Portland Public Health Division’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator, Chris Corson at or (207) 756-8116.


National Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday September 25th Cumberland County Sheriff's Office will kick off  National Drug Take Back Day one day early, with a September 25th Take back Event from 5:30 am- 7:00 pm at WGME Studios at 81 Northport Drive, Portland Maine. The National Drug Take Back Day is September 26th, 2015 from 10:00 am - 2:00pm. This is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and bring them to your nearest drop off center with no questions asked.  Please do not bring any liquids or needles to this drop off center they will not be taken.

Portland drop off centers:

109 Middle Street Portland Police Department

Walgreens at 340 Allen Ave

Back Bay Parking lot across from 295 Forest Ave Hannaford

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Remember every day is Drug Take Back Day. Click here for more information on Drug Take Back locations in your area.

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