Maine Monitor features UMaine Machias study about health care gaps for Down East fishermen

The Maine Monitor reported on a study from the University of Maine at Machias finds that Down East clammers and lobstermen face steep barriers to healthcare access, despite greater risks of job-related injuries and other health issues that can sometimes lead to substance use disorders. “It’s pretty clear from the results here that harvesters are struggling to treat pain, and they experience a lot of it, and they get minimal help from the health care sector in treating that pain appropriately,” she said. “And so it’s pretty obvious that we need some new solutions,” said Tora Johnson, the lead author and associate professor at UMaine Machias. The Portland Press Herald shared the Maine Monitor report.