ORRINGTON, Maine - WABI - As Maine's drug epidemic continues to climb, more people are coming together to fight it.
An organization called Downeast Project HOPE is offering support for people dealing with addictions.
But it needs help from the community to do that. And that's where an event in Orrington comes in.
On Saturday, June 30, 2018, the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MeANA), Rocky Knoll Golf Course, and Healthy Acadia will host, "Run for Recovery - Swing for Success" at Rocky Knoll Golf Course, 14 River Road, Orrington. All registration proceeds from this event will support Downeast Project HOPE. The full-day event will feature a 5K run in the morning, lunch hosted by Uno Pizzeria and Grill, and golf in the afternoon. Participants may opt to participate in one event, or both.
Maine has experienced a three-fold increase in drug related overdoses in the past three years. The continued increase in prescription and opioid addiction, combined with the steady climb in suicide attempts, highlights the critical need for additional infrastructure and resources. Every drug-related death is preventable with effective intervention and treatment. Currently both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment and recovery services are very limited and often difficult to access. Project HOPE is a grassroots community effort that is spreading throughout Maine to help bridge the gap.
Downeast Project HOPE, serving Washington and Hancock counties, provides a strong support system for opioid and other substance addiction disorders, connecting individuals seeking recovery to appropriate treatment options and community resources. Downeast Project HOPE collaborates with several regional hospitals and local police departments - Ellsworth, Baileyville, Pleasant Point, and, coming soon, the Washington County Sheriff's office, by sharing monies and other resources.
The Run for Recovery event will begin at 8am with registration. The race begins at 9am. The first 50 runners to register online will receive a FREE t-shirt. Online Registration fees are $15 per participant for youth (18 years and younger) and $20 per adult. Registration at the event will be $20 for youth and $25 for adults. Runners will be automatically entered into a cash prize raffle, and prizes will be awarded to the top runners. The course will challenge participants with a mix of gravel paths, grassy hills and paved walkways. Register online at: www.meana.org/run-for-recovery-registration/
Registration for the Swing for Success Golf Tournament will be held from 12-1pm at the Rocky Knoll Golf Course. Tee-off time is 1pm. Online registration fees are $50 per youth (18 years and younger), $65 for Adults, and $260 for teams (4 golfers). Registration at the event will be $60 for youth and $75 for adults. Registration fee includes lunch. Sink a hole in one and you could be a winner of a brand new car. Prizes will also be awarded for closest to the pin and longest yard. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. Register online for the Swing for Success at: www.meana.org/swing-for-success-golf-tournament-registration/
If you cannot attend either event and would like to support Downeast Project HOPE, please visit www.meana.org or www.healthyacadia.org/donate