The Connecticut Shoreline has suffered from this epidemic just as the rest of the country has. For this reason we have a fundraising, consciousness raising event every June at the Martin Bishop Field in Guilford, CT. Proceeds from the event benefit Martine's Wake Up, a local non-profit organization that raises money for men and women in financial need to enter sober living.
Photos by Lorraine Marino
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Over three hundred supporters showed up on Friday June 22 to lend their support to the Martine Jehan Scholarship fund.
Our purpose was to raise money for recovery programs so men and women in need can receive help for their addictions regardless of their financial circumstances; to raise awareness of the addiction epidemic in New Haven County; and to help lower the stigma attached to heroin addiction so addicts can come out of hiding and seek help. On all counts, the event was a huge success.
An interview with Betsy Jehan and Herb Swartz at the Studios of Guilford Public Television
Drug overdose deaths in the United States hit record numbers in 2017
Here are the frightening facts: The majority of drug overdose deaths in this country (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid. At least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid, and since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin) nearly quadrupled. From 2000 to 2017 over half a million-people died from drug overdoses in the United States. 209 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. Opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death in the United States for people under the age of fifty. In Connecticut, deaths from opioid overdoses have increased from 400 in 2012 to over 1000 in 2017. Many of the increased numbers are in the suburbs.
An interview with Betsy Jehan and Herb Swartz at the Miller Library in North Haven CT for a senior thesis project.
Martine's Wake Up is the trade name of Addiction Recovery Resources Corp.,
a 501C3 non-profit corporation
270 Dromara Road, Guilford Ct 06437 email@example.com
Martine's Wake Up
A scholarship Fund managed by the Addiction Recovery Resources Corp, established in 2015 by Betsy Jehan in memory of her daughter Martine, to help men and women addicts establish themselves in rehab or sober living.