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Maine DHHS announces free text alert program to prevent overdose deaths
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Partnership to End Addiction have launched a free texting service that alerts Maine residents to any sudden increase in overdoses in their counties and connects them with resources that can save lives, support those struggling with substance use, and promote recovery.
According to Maine.gov, all people in Maine, including parents, caregivers, medical professionals, first responders, community groups and those struggling with substance use can sign up for the Partnership’s SPIKE Auto Text Program. Individuals can sign up by texting SPIKE to 1 (855) 963-5669 (855-9-OD-KNOW) and following the prompts.
Maine is the first state to launch the program statewide. Partnership to End Addiction is piloting the program in three counties in New York and one county in Tennessee, with plans to expand nationwide.
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