“She had the most (trouble) I’ve seen one human endure in my life, but yet she maintained and loved life more than anybody.” Alcohol was Ashley’s worst addiction.Drugs followed, when a boyfriend in Portland introduced her to heroin.
’ His answer was, ‘MLB player.’ They asked, ‘What do you want to do in life? He said, ‘No, that is my goal.’” Nick could throw a baseball. If one of his best friends, or a teammate, was picking on some scrawny kid from his English class, he would stick up for them.” Ashley Newell loved her job as a waitress at Sebago Brewing Co.
He was a standout athlete at Poland High School and would pitch two years for Ed Flaherty at the University of Southern Maine, in 20, after transferring from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She never overlooked a single customer, always stopping to ask each person how his or her day was or to compliment a stranger.
They are dying in cities like Portland and Augusta and in the affluent suburbs, where heroin is plentiful. Each day, the series explores a different facet of Maine's heroin epidemic: how some families suffer multiple overdose deaths; how labeling addiction as a moral failing weakens our responses; how one York County town has been ravaged by heroin; how women face a perilous lack of support and treatment programs; and how a failure to invest in treatment fed a rising death toll.
The death toll reached 376 last year, driven almost entirely by opioids – prescription painkillers, heroin and now fentanyl. The heroin crisis has torn through Maine families regardless of income, religion or ethnicity.
But none involved criminal speeding, which under Maine law is operating a motor vehicle 30 mph or more over the speed limit.
State records show that Field was convicted of speeding nine times from 2006 to 2015.She was also convicted in 2006 of violating the state’s seat belt law and failure to display a valid inspection sticker in 2016.Field’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles driving record is filled with speeding convictions dating to 2006. As the public health crisis deepened, state policies made treatment less available to the tens of thousands of people addicted. For the victims and families left behind, it’s too little, too late.The 60 overdose victims below were among 650 people who died from opioids in the past two years. Nick Douglass was going to pitch in the Major Leagues. “The third grade,” said his mother, Patty Dumont of Minot. They had asked him, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up? And they said it was unrealistic, that he should have another goal.The memorial, which included the Lord’s Prayer scribbled on a sign, flowers and candles, and messages of love, is located on the lawn next to the apartment building where Crawford lived.