Today we had a small gathering to celebrate a milestone of 250 placements for Operation HOPE since 10/1/15. As of this week we are at 256. 256 Mainers given HOPE to reclaim their lives, and a chance to show others that recovery IS possible.
These amazing volunteer "Angels" have become so important to me. THANK YOU for all you do for Operation HOPE, for treating each person that comes in with kindness and respect, and for helping to carry on Devon's memory within the program.
THANK YOU FOR FIGHTING WITH US!!
- Jaime, HOPE Coordinator
Today we are happy to share that we've just placed our 250th Mainer into drug treatment through Operation HOPE Maine at Scarborough PD. We are humbled and honored to be able to help some of those struggling in Maine’s opiate crisis, and to give 250 Mainers a chance at reclaiming their lives.
While we are pleased to have played a small role in helping these courageous people seek recovery, we also know that our fellow Mainers continue to die from Substance Use Disorder at an alarming rate. We aren't the answer to this health crisis, but we will do what we can for as long as we can until treatment becomes available in this state without wait.
THANK YOU to all our police department employees who've assisted with the program, and to our volunteers, treatment providers, and donors who continue to support our efforts. Special thanks to Portland Recovery Community Center and Milestone Foundation for all your help along the way. We are grateful to every person and organization who played a part in getting us to where we are today.
If you're a Mainer over 18 struggling with an opiate addiction we may be able to assist you with a treatment path, regardless of insurance coverage. Walk-in times are Monday-Friday, 7am-noon at Scarborough Police Department. You do not need to call ahead or make appointments, just walk in when YOU are ready.
Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton was honored with a Heroes with Heart award presented by the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), a volunteer program that provides emotional support services to victims and families during the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event. The annual TIP awards recognize public servants who have gone above and beyond to provide support and assist those in need throughout our communities.
Chief Moulton was recognized at this year’s ceremony on April 12th for his leadership and support for Operation HOPE. Like most great leaders, Chief Moulton often deflects this type of recognition to others. He is quick to praise the project's partners and the dozens of staff members and volunteers that actually administer the program day in and day out. In his weekly Leader article, Chief Michael Thurlow, said "...revolutionary programs like this don’t exist or flourish without a leader like Chief Moulton recognizing a need, allocating resources, advocating tirelessly for it, and building relationships with a wide-range of stakeholders to make it happen."
A native son of Scarborough, Chief Moulton joined the police department in 1977 and quickly rose through the ranks and became police chief in 1999. Operation HOPE is just one of dozens of examples of Chief Moulton’s compassion and care for the citizens and visitors of Scarborough. His peers, coworkers, and public safety family are all very proud of this well deserved recognition as a 2017 TIP Heroes with Heart award recipient.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials say Maine saw a 31 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in 2015 that was fueled by heroin and fentanyl. In addition, 272 people died from overdoses last year, setting another record following 208 overdose deaths the year before. Most of the overdose deaths, 157, were from heroin and non-pharmaceutical fentanyl; the other 111 overdose deaths were as a result of prescription opioids.
Attorney General Janet T. Mills called the figures “shocking” and noted that five people died each week from overdoses during the calendar year in Maine.
Further Reading: The U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Maine Attorney General, and the Maine Commissioner of Public Safety (known collectively as the Maine Opiate Collaborative) created three task forces to study various aspects of the opioid addiction problem. On May 6, 2016 they issued their reports and key recommendations:
Saturday, October 14, 2017
WHERE: NORDX, 301A US ROUTE 1, SCARBOROUGH
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 11 AM - 3PM
NorDx will be hosting the Second Annual NorDx Fall Festival and Silent Auction on October 14th to benefit Operation HOPE. Look for more about the event in the near future.
In the meantime, NorDx is looking for the donation of goods and services to be auctioned; similar themed items may be bundled into lots to ensure the maximum potential auction price can be realized. No donation is too small. The event will be held at the NorDx Scarborough campus at 301 US Route One, Scarborough. For more information or to arrange a donation please contact Matthew Driscoll at NorDx at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 396-7905.
NorDx is a not-for-profit clinical laboratory based in Scarborough, Maine. As a healthcare leader in the Northern New England area, NorDx believes that community and charity involvement is not just a generous act. Rather it is our duty to support our communities’ health and wellness as a whole.
We've got a new Facebook page, and we invite you to stop by for the latest updates and inspirational stories of HOPE. https://www.facebook.com/OperationHOPEMaine/
Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness. In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders. >>Tune In to TED
As of today we are at 230 placements for Operation HOPE.
We need scholarship beds desperately for our numerous uninsured Mainers struggling with Substance Use Disorder.
If you are with a treatment provider that is willing to work with us please contact Bridget or Steve at Portland Recovery Community Center, 207-553-2575.
Worcester's acclaimed Hangover Pub is taking its bacon-themed gastro pub on the road with the help of their friends for a "Way of Life" tour this fall. And they're donating proceeds of the Portland Maine event at the O'Maine Studios & Media Kitchen on October 28th to two charities: F.I.G.H.T. and Operation HOPE. Tickets and more info here: thewayoflifetour.com/
Now that we've placed over 200 people into Operation HOPE and celebrated our one year anniversary on 10/1, we have a lot of thank you's to pass around!
First, thank you to our employees who've embraced our “thinking outside the box” approach to doing SOMETHING to help. When we first started we said if we could save one or two lives it would be worth it. We never expected it to become what it has.
Thank you to Steve, Niki, Bridget, Krista and Nancy at Portland Recovery Community Center for all your help! Steve is our Substance Use Disorder guru and we would not operate without his endless support.
Thank you to every volunteer "Angel" past and present for your help in getting us to where we are today. We couldn't operate without PRCC, and we definitely could not operate without our amazing volunteers. I hope each of you are proud of the work you've accomplished.
And of course, thank you to every treatment center who has stepped up to assist us in helping Mainers in need. Two thirds of those coming in for help do not have any health insurance coverage. They have nowhere to turn, or face months-long wait lists for the limited Maine facilities. It's humbling to partner with so many facilities who see our needs and have been willing to say, "I will help".
We can't thank you enough for assisting us in saving Mainers' lives!