Fight against fentanyl: Inside 1 town’s opioid battle
Fentanyl is a synthetic drug 50 times more potent than heroin, but it’s that potency that draws people to the dangerous opioid. NBC’s Kate Snow travels to Maine, where fentanyl is making rounds, to meet a dedicated group trying to beat it.
Thank you to both Kate Snow and the Today Show! We were honored to be a part of this story.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Donates $10,000 to Operation HOPE to Aid Fight Against Opioid Epidemic
SCARBOROUGH, MAINE (Oct. 24, 2018) – As part of its continuing efforts to aid in addressing the opioid epidemic, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to Operation HOPE (the Heroin-Opiate Prevention Effort) at an event this morning at the Scarborough Public Safety Building. Chief Robert Moulton of the Scarborough Police Department accepted the gift from Anthem on behalf of Operation HOPE.
“On behalf of the Scarborough Police Department and Operation HOPE, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for their kind donation,” said Scarborough Police Chief Robert Moulton. “When we opened our doors in 2015, we pledged to do whatever we could for the people of Maine who are suffering from the devastating disease of substance use disorder. We fully recognized that we could not use taxpayer dollars and have only been able to continue as a result of the grants and generous donations from contributors that recognize the depth of this public health issue. Every dollar from this donation will be used to assist individuals who desperately need our assistance to break the cycle. We firmly believe there is hope and we have seen the tremendous success that is possible in recovery.”
“Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to those we serve and helping Mainers suffering from addiction get access to the recovery services they need,” said Dr. Jeffrey Holmstrom, medical director at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. “That’s why we’re proud to again support Operation HOPE in its efforts to address this major public health crisis that is stretching Maine’s substance use disorder treatment infrastructure to its limits.”
The Scarborough Police Department started Operation HOPE in 2015, modeled after a successful program in Gloucester, Mass. Operation HOPE’s mission is to enable Mainers suffering from opioid addiction to seek help and experience recovery. The program aims to reduce overdose deaths and help people access life-saving health treatment through its collaborative partnerships, regardless of insurance or income level. Mainers from every corner of the state are turning to Operation HOPE for access to recovery services; nearly 350 individuals have been helped by Operation HOPE to date.
With today’s donation, Anthem has given a total of $20,000 to Operation HOPE since its inception.
Saturday at 11 AM – 3 PM
NorDx: 301 US Route One Scarborough Maine
Raffles and Silent Auction / Face and Pumpkin Painting / Bake & Craft Sales
… AND MUCH MORE!!!
All Proceeds to benefit Operation Hope which helps place individuals who suffer with substance abuse from our own communities into rehabilitation and treatment programs Let’s help fight this, together with the Scarborough Police Department, and help those in our community who are trying to overcome this disorder and recover!
Happy birthday Scarborough Operation HOPE!! Three years old today, and almost 350 Mainers helped.
Mainer #325 was placed today! We are so thankful to be able to help so many, and honored they've trusted us to lead them in the right direction.
This morning the American Red Cross of Maine presented Chief Moulton with the "Community Impact Award" on behalf of the work of Scarborough Maine Police Department for Operation HOPE.
"The opioid epidemic is ruining lives, tearing families apart and killing people in the community. The Scarborough Police Department recognized that a new approach was needed. It launched Operation HOPE on October 1, 2015, based on a successful approach by police in Gloucester, Mass. Since then, Operation HOPE has helped at least 300 Mainers suffering from addiction to access treatment."
We are currently at 316.
Thank you Red Cross!
It is an honor to spend two days in Boston with like-minded professionals and volunteers within Law Enforcement. The PAARI National Law Enforcement Summit (Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative) had attendees from 27 states and from as far away as Washington State. When we first partnered with PAARI a little over two years ago, it was a handful of departments from New England. Today, the organization represents more than 350 police departments in 32 states. Great support from MA Governor Charlie Baker and Congressman Joe Kennedy III.
Pictured are Head HOPE Volunteer Justin Reid, HOPE Coordinator Jaime Higgins, and Police Chief Robbie Moulton.
Team NorDX hosted another fun day for the community with its 2nd Annual Fall Charity Festival for Operation HOPE. It was a gorgeous fall day, featuring a costume parade and kids activities, crafts and bake sales, public safety demos, food trucks, silent auction and raffles with great prizes ... and a dunk tank! We appreciate everyone for turning out to support our cause, especially the staff, friends, and family of NorDX -- you've got a wonderful community spirit!