H.O.P.E. House – Harford County
To raise awareness and educate parents on the early warning signs of controlled dangerous substance use and/or abuse, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office developed H.O.P.E. (Heroin Overdose Prevention Effort) House. The H.O.P.E. House is an educational project, targeting the heroin epidemic, conceived by the H.O.P.E. Workgroup, a partnership between Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler and members of the Harford County Community, and brought to reality as the result of partnerships between the Sheriff’s Office, the H.O.P.E. Workgroup, Harford County’s Office of Drug Control Policy, the Harford Sheriff Foundation, the Citizen’s Police Academy and the Harford Fire and EMS Association.
On a mobile trailer platform, adults can tour the display of a young person’s bedroom and bathroom, and learn to recognize signs that may suggest drug use. The guided tours are conducted by volunteers from the H.O.P.E. Workgroup and the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association. The tour ends with educational materials with information and materials available on treatment and other resources.
H.O.P.E. House will be moved around Harford County to events with large groups of parents in order to better educate them with information on the opioid crisis.