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Saturday, October 15, 2016
NorDx will be hosting the First Annual NorDx Fall Festival and Silent Auction on October 15th 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.
Since its launch on October 1st, Operation HOPE has assisted residents of 76 Maine towns and cities representing 14 of Maine’s 16 counties. Two-thirds of program participants lacked the health care coverage or financial resources which would have allowed them to obtain treatment on their own. Many of them are receiving free treatment and rehabilitation services courtesy of one of Operation HOPE’s nationwide network of cooperating treatment facilities.
Recently Frontline aired "Chasing Heroin", a two-hour investigation telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic's years-in-the-making social context, deeply examining shifts in U.S. drug policy, and exploring what happens when addiction is treated like a public health issue, not a crime.
Another video to watch is one just aired by Dateline. Filmed at the Gloucester, Mass. Police Department, the program features their "Angel" program. We worked with Chief Campanello and the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI) to help establish our Operation HOPE Program last October. The people we meet and stories we hear through Operation HOPE are nearly identical to those featured by Dateline. It just as easily could have been filmed here in Scarborough. Like in Gloucester, our officers and staff treat our program participants with respect and compassion, and Chief Moulton tries to greet and welcome each person who comes to us for help.
Chief Campanello (below, right) recently paid a visit to SPD and Operation HOPE.
Jim and Joanne Damicis, who live in Scarborough, are parents who know the opiate addiction crisis first-hand. They recently shared their perspective in the April 25th Forecaster. Jim and Joanne have taken the time to learn about the problems of addiction and mental illness so that they can not only better help their son, now 23 and in recovery, but also help others. Click the "Read More" link for the full article.
The Scarborough Police Department reports that its innovative Operation HOPE program has encountered serious difficulty obtaining treatment for people suffering from heroin and opiate addiction.
Since October 1st, Operation HOPE (the Heroin – Opiate Prevention Effort) has placed 130 Mainers from Kittery to Fort Fairfield in long-term treatment and rehabilitation programs. The overwhelming demand for services, however, coupled with increased difficulty in accessing treatment resources, has placed the program in jeopardy and caused police to warn future program participants that access to treatment may be very limited.
“We want to keep helping people who suffer from substance use disorder, but we also want to be honest with people”, said Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton. “We want them to understand the reality and severity of the situation. Absent access to treatment programs, it is likely that there will be times when we will have no help to offer”.
According to Moulton, two-thirds of program participants lack the health care coverage or financial resources which would allow them to obtain treatment on their own. As a result, the program has relied heavily on donated or “scholarship” treatment services offered by a nationwide network of partnering treatment facilities. With the high demand for services in Maine, donated treatment has become increasingly hard to find.
Operation HOPE is one component of the Scarborough Police Department’s three-prong strategy to address the drug problem by focusing on enforcement, education and prevention, and treatment.
CONTACT: Officer John Gill at 207-883-6361 or email@example.com
On Tuesday (January 11th), Scarborough Police Department’s Operation HOPE (the Heroin – Opiate Prevention Effort) placed its 100th participant in a drug treatment and rehabilitation program. A greater Portland man in his 30s requested assistance in obtaining treatment for heroin addiction. He will receive drug treatment and rehabilitation services courtesy of an Operation HOPE-cooperating treatment facility in California.
Since its launch on October 1st, Operation HOPE has placed Mainers from Kittery to Fort Fairfield in rehabilitation programs in eight states. Two-thirds of program participants lacked the health care coverage or financial resources which would have allowed them to obtain treatment on their own.
“This has truly been a community effort,” said Scarborough Police Chief Robbie Moulton. Operation HOPE is staffed by volunteers under the supervision of Scarborough police and is supported by money and supplies donated by area residents, local businesses and civic organizations.
“We are extremely grateful to our volunteer Angels and the members of the public who have helped make Operation HOPE possible,” said Moulton. “We especially appreciate the strength and courage shown by the 100 men and women who have come forward to ask for help with this horrible disease”.
Moulton said the program has provided badly needed lifesaving treatment in the midst of Maine’s heroin and opiate crisis. “Many of these people were in a desperate state and believed that without help, they were destined to die”.
According to Officer John Gill, Operation HOPE Coordinator, the demand for services through Operation HOPE is indicative of the gravity of Maine’s continuing heroin and opiate epidemic. Recent data indicates that up to five Mainers die weekly as a result of heroin and opioid overdoses and that over 1,000 drug-affected babies were born in Maine in 2015.
“The fact that over 100 people have walked into the police station to ask for help says a lot about the severity of the problem”, Gill said. While Operation HOPE has helped bring treatment to Mainers in need, long-term solutions need to be found. “We are working with policymakers and elected officials to increase treatment capacity and provide access for Mainers suffering substance use disorder”, Gill said. He is confident positive change is possible. “As we tell the Operation HOPE story to politicians and government officials, they are recognizing the need for increased programs and resources. We are confident that they will see beyond politics and ideology to come up with real solutions to help save our fellow Mainers”.
In the meantime, the Scarborough Police Department is helping other law enforcement agencies in Maine and across the country launch similar programs. “We are pleased and humbled that other police agencies are getting involved in this important work and using Operation HOPE as a model for similar programs”, said Chief Moulton.
Scarborough Police Department Operation HOPE is being pursued in partnership with the Portland Recovery Community Center and the PAARI and Project GRACE. The program is based upon a similar effort undertaken by the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department.
Operation HOPE is one component of the Scarborough Police Department’s three-prong strategy to address the drug problem by focusing on enforcement, education and treatment.
Recent news coverage includes:
Scarborough police to launch innovative program to help drug addicts
Portland Press Herald / 9.17.2015
Scarborough Police Launch Addiction Initiative, Operation HOPE
The Current / 9.17.2015
Three People Take Advantage of Operation HOPE in Scarborough
WGME Channel 13 / 10.2.2015