Project HOPE launched in Ellsworth
There’s little doubt the state of Maine, like much of the country, is in the middle of a drug crisis. In order to stem the tide of addiction and help those in the grip of substance abuse, the Ellsworth Police Department today has joined with Healthy Acadia to launch Project HOPE, with the goal of placing people suffering from heroin and opiate addition, as well as other substance use disorders, into high quality treatment and rehabilitation programs.
According to a press release, Ellsworth Police Officers and Officers throughout Hancock County will receive special training on addiction-related issues, including understanding the perspective of those in recovery. Public Education and Outreach, a drug turn-in initiative in which drugs and drug paraphernalia can be turned over without fear of arrest or charges, treatment and assistance programs, and treatment follow-up will all be part of the Project HOPE initiative. Project HOPE will initially be open to accept participants at the Ellsworth Police Department one day a week, on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public is encouraged to become involved as volunteers and donors to the new program. Volunteers or “Angels” will receive training and instruction in providing support and comfort to those who come to the police station to seek help for their addiction. Donations of supplies such as non-perishable snacks, bottle water, and travel sized toiletries will be accepted on an ongoing basis in the lobby of the Ellsworth Police Department, 1 City Hall Plaza in Ellsworth. In addition, checks may be made payable to “Project HOPE”, c/o Harold (Pete) Bickmore, Ellsworth Police Department, 1 City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth, Maine 04605.