Operation Hope reaches program milestone

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SCARBOROUGH — Operation Hope placed its 150th participant into a drug treatment program as of May 18.

The most recent individual the program has helped – a man in his 30s from Old Orchard Beach, according to a press release prepared by the Scarborough Police Department – sought treatment for his heroin addiction. After being screened by volunteers and department staff, the man was sent to a partner facility in Florida for drug treatment and rehabilitation.

Since its launch Oct. 1, 2015, Operation Hope, operated by the Scarborough Police Department, has “assisted residents of 76 Maine towns and cities, representing 14 of Maine’s 16 counties,” according to the release.

Two-thirds of those who have requested treatment have been without health care coverage or other financial means to pay for services. Many have, as a result, received free treatment and rehabilitation for their addiction.

While the vast majority of individuals who’ve sought help through Operation Hope have been successful, what is most important, Chief Robbie Moulton said, is that “all 150 of our Operation Hope program participants are still alive. With 272 fatal drug overdoses in Maine in 2015, we believe Operation Hope has saved lives.”

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