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Title
Former Celtic Chris Herren Speaks at BID-Plymouth
Date
06/18/2014
Description
Former Boston Celtic Chris Herren spoke to more than 60 healthcare providers at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth on May 22, during the hospital’s Schwartz Center Rounds. BID-Plymouth was awarded the Impact Series Grant from the Herren Project which allowed Chris to speak about his struggle with addiction and how healthcare providers can make a difference in the lives of those with addictions.

Herren suffered a heroin addiction through much of his career in the NBA, but has been clean and sober since August 1, 2008. In 2011, The Herren Project was founded to increase public awareness and education on the dangers of substance abuse. Outreach efforts through The Herren Project have moved individuals from all ages, walks of life and socio-economic conditions, out from behind the cloak of guilt, shame and denial, to the light of treatment. The Herren Project’s programs and initiatives are a direct response to the increasing number of young people across the United States that are experimenting, using and suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol; or are at risk for such abuse.

Herren shared his story as well as his experiences with the care he received. His story provides BID-Plymouth with opportunities to discuss the growing heroin epidemic that is sweeping our region. Plymouth has one of the highest numbers, per capita, of heroin and drug overdoses in Massachusetts.

“As the leading healthcare provider in the region, we have both a medical and moral obligation to proactively tackle this problem head-on,” says BID-Plymouth President, Peter Holden. “We can’t be passive and think that this isn’t happening in our own backyards, everyday.”

About The Herren Project

As a result, Chris Herren’s story and his redemptive rise from the depths of addiction, he has received thousands of desperate “calls for help” from others facing addiction. The Herren Project was formed in 2011 to answer those “calls”, increase education and public awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and to assist one person, one family at a time through a combination of treatment navigation, educational initiatives, mentoring, and public awareness. Outreach efforts have moved individuals from all ages, walks of life and socio-economic conditions, out from behind the cloak of guilt, shame and denial, to the light of treatment. The Herren Project’s programs and initiatives are a direct response to the increasing number of young people across the United States that are experimenting, using and suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol; or are at risk for such abuse.

About BID-Plymouth

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is a not-for-profit organization serving 12 towns in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties. BID-Plymouth is part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center family of hospitals. Established in 1901 as Jordan Hospital, BID-Plymouth is a full-service, 155-bed acute care community hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, the College of American Pathologists, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the American College of Radiology.

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