SU’s AmeriCorps receives a $53k grant to help combat the opioid crisis
More than $50,000 is heading towards Salisbury University, to help fund a new initiative known as HOPECorps.
The "Hope" in HOPECorps stands for "Heroine Opioid Prevention and Education". The program is a part of the college's AmeriCorps branch.
The federal grant will fund eleven new AmeriCorps members to focus specifically on opioid addiction education and prevention efforts.
About 50 volunteers will also be recruited to expand training in administering Naloxone and increase awareness of drug treatment services.
47 ABC spoke with Alexander Pope, the project Director for SU's AmeriCorps.
Pope says this grant will help the entire Eastern Shore not just Salisbury.
"The reason we want to do this particularly on the Eastern Shore is that we don't necessarily have the resources that areas like Baltimore, Annapolis and central Maryland already have in place to do this kind of work. So it's really beneficial that we can provide this," Pope said.
Pope adds that SU's main effort is to partner with non-profits around the Eastern Shore to offer more outreach and education involving the opioid crisis.