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.