November 19, 2014: Drugs Free Schools

The allure of drugs for kids, adolescents and young adults continues to challenge our schools. Butts, vape, beer, pot, speed, mushrooms, coke and other drugs are bought, sold and even consumed in schools.

Join us at 10:00 AM for a dialogue about drug use and drug abuse in Maine Schools. What's in, what's out, what should we be doing to keep kids engaged in learning?

We invite your calls and email with questions and comments.

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Denise Black,
Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator

Denise is responsible for coordinating Healthy Acadia's Drug Free Communities Grant, a federally funded initiative that empowers community participation to support and engage youth and prevent substance abuse across Hancock County. Denise provides project planning, implementation and program evaluation. She builds and sustains community partnerships with various entities, including healthcare providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, civic, youth and religious organizations, businesses, schools, parents and individuals. She works with partners to mobilize collective action resulting in policy and environmental supports that foster youth leadership and resiliency, while working to prevent and reduce substance abuse. Contact Denise by email at
Denise Black
Chris Thornton, Officer (Invited)
Hancock County Sheriff's Department

Chris is employed by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office where he coordinates the efforts of the Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team  and is currently assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency as a Special Agent”. 
Chris Thornton
Barbara Royal, Executive Director,
Open Door Recovery Center
Barbara Royal has been involved in the field of Addiction & Recovery for 32 years.  She has been working for Open Door Recovery Center in various capacities since 1984 and became the Executive Director 14 years ago when Open Door’s founder Bill Hills passed away.  Barbara has also provided prevention education & counseling for students in the Ellsworth School System in the past.  Barbara has worked with individuals suffering with the disease of addiction & with affected others.  She facilitated the opening of Hills House in February of 2007 which allowed 30 women who were either pregnant or with baby to receive treatment while living in a safe supervised living environment over a four year span.   She also facilitated the process of adding a Mental Health License to Open Door’s services, allowing for treatment of co-occurring disorders.   Barbara has a passion for working with those who have lost their way due to the devastation caused by addiction & co-occurring disorders & works on collaborative efforts in the community for the sake of these individuals and their families.
Open Door Recovery Center is committed to the health and well being of those members of our community suffering from chemical addiction. Its mission is to provide the highest quality outpatient treatment for our clients and their family members at the lowest possible cost. Since its founding, Open Door has provided treatment regardless of the clients' ability to pay.
8 Old Mill Road / P.O. Box 958 Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: 207-667-3210 Fax: 207-667-3133

Barbara Royal
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