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Students Empowered to End Dependency

We are a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, committed to reducing substance use among Maine students by engaging them in compelling learning opportunities and messaging campaigns.

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Did You Know?

In 2022, there were 716 fatal overdoses in Maine, which is 13% more than in 2021.

And, there were more than 11,000 known non-fatal overdoses, a 38% increase over 2021.

Our Goals

  • Reduce the stigma associated with drug and alcohol dependence
  • Teach the science underlying Substance Use Disorder
  • Promote recovery services and invite people into the recovery community
  • Reduce the number of young people who initiate use of drugs and alcohol

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Please let us know what you think! Students Empowered to End Dependency appreciates and looks forward to hearing from you.

We also welcome donations to support our efforts to reduce substance use among Maine teens. Thank you!