Forum on heroin held in Old Orchard Beach

OOB hosts heroin discussion

OLD ORCHARD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Dozens of people in Old Orchard Beach attended a forum Monday night on heroin.

It was held at the town hall and featured speakers like York County Sheriff Bill King and local police chiefs.

Audience members got to ask them questions and see videos about Maine and other state's struggles with heroin.

Similar meetings have been held in places like Sanford and Biddeford, and law enforcement officials said they help prevent drug use.

“I think they do because every time I've done one of these forums — and I've done many of them — there's somebody new that comes,” York County Sheriff Bill King said.

“Because somebody new has experienced a problem that one of their family members may be getting involved with drugs and they're looking for tools on how to address it,” he said.

Old Orchard Beach Police Chief said he hopes his town could one day have a program like Scarborough’s Project HOPE, which assists addicts with finding drug treatment programs.

“There's a lot more that needs to be done with that,” Chief Dana Kelley said. “We have Scarborough right next door with Project HOPE, but that's their program and they can only do so much.”.

Kelly said he plans to explore funding options to see if that's feasible.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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