ShoreCorps Receives $53,000 Grant to Establish HOPECorps Opioid Addiction Education Program
SALISBURY, MD---ShoreCorps, the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University, is joining in the battle against heroin and opioid addiction with a new initiative: HOPECorps (Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education).
The new program is made possible through a $53,000 federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund 11 new AmeriCorps members to focus on opioid addiction education and prevention efforts.
“For 22 years Salisbury University has hosted ShoreCorps to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life on the Eastern Shore. Adding the HOPECorps program will expand this important work and, we believe, help save lives,” said SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach.
SU’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) will administer the new initiative, overseen by Dr. Aaron Willis, assistant professor in SU’s Social Work Department.
Partnering with area health departments, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and nonprofit agencies throughout the Shore, HOPECorps plans to provide health education programming to over 1,000 local community members.
Through the grant, some 50 volunteers also will be recruited to expand trainings in administering naloxone, a life-saving treatment that can reverse the immediate effects of opioid overdoses, and increase awareness of regional drug treatment services.
“It’s no secret that we are facing a national epidemic with heroin and opioid addiction, which saw some 1,500 overdose deaths last year in Maryland alone — nearly three times the number killed in traffic accidents,” said Dr. Alexander Pope, PACE co-director and ShoreCorps project director. “Our state has been called a leader in addressing this issue, and we are proud that HOPECorps will be able to play an expanded role in helping to combat this deadly drug crisis.”
For more information call 410-543-6137 or visit the ShoreCorps website at www.salisbury.edu/americorps.