Sporer speaks to PPH about Maine law enforcement shifting strategies on drug arrests and overdoses

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Karyn Sporer, associate professor of sociology at the University of Maine, for an article about law enforcement in Maine shifting their resources in response to rising drug arrests and overdoses. “The reality is that the opioid epidemic in Maine touches every single person here. While it may not be a family member, everyone has a neighbor or a friend that’s been affected by it. More than a person a day died from some sort of overdose last year. … People are dying all around us — and it got way worse during the pandemic. That’s why the need for a wider conversation about this is so important,” Sporer said.