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FDA to revise vaccine fact sheets on increased risk of myocarditis
MaineCare announces continuation of policies upon end of Civil Emergency
Maine Secretary of State seeking physician volunteers
Maine DHHS announces free text alert program to prevent overdose deaths
Associated Press: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
AAMC Report Reinforces Mounting Physician Shortage
#VaccinateME - Maine Community Action Partnership: #GiveitaSHAHT!
Top JAMA and JAMA Network articles
MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
Legislative Advocacy Update: Maine Legislature returns this week
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Federal Advocacy Scan: Infrastructure spending bill caught up in political fight
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AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series (July thru December 2nd Wednesday of month)
Register Now: Governor Mills’ 3rd Annual Opioid Response Summit on July 15th
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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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