Plymouth County: Addiction Outreach Programs Join Forces

Two South Shore programs geared towards helping those with addiction have collaborated to form a wider network of helping those in need.

Project Outreach Plymouth and East Bridgewater Hope have formed Plymouth County Outreach H.O.P.E. (Help, Outreach, Prevention & Education). The new project was celebrated at a drop-in center opening at the New Hope Chapel on Tuesday evening.

Over 200 people have been helped by the community drop-in centers spearheaded by each group. Plymouth Police Chief Mike Botieri shares the kind of help the drop-in centers provide:

Sometimes, the drop-in centers will provide Narcan training to civilians through South Shore Hospital’s EMS Simulation Laboratory. Sim Lab Operator Richard Kelly explains how high-fidelity simulation of an overdose works:

There are over a dozen addiction support groups who are stakeholders in Plymouth County Outreach H.O.P.E., including Granite Recovery Centers, Bay State Community Services, Learn2Cope, and the Boston Bulldogs, which is a special running club specifically geared towards those recovering from addiction.

The New Hope Chapel will be hosting more drop-in centers from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on August 8th and again on the 22nd.

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About Mimi Walker

Mimi Walker is a 2016 graduate from Emerson College, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. While at Emerson, she was both an avid reporter and an on-air music personality at 88.9 WERS, Emerson’s long-running radio station. She also wrote for several on-campus publications. She covered the 2015 Edward R. Murrow awards in New York City, and had previous internships at 103.3 AMP radio and at Seacrest Studios in Boston Children’s Hospital (as well as with Rob and Lisa on the South Shore Morning News!) Her proudest academic achievement is being a TOMODACHI scholar and contributing to an iBook about American Senator and war hero Daniel Inouye, which led her all across Japan in her many school travels. Thanks to her time in Japan, and a semester abroad in the Netherlands, Mimi has an appetite for stories and all kinds of art across the globe.