THE PELICAN INTERVENTION FUND: One Local Response to the Growing Opiate Crisis

By Steven Keene and Elizabeth McCarthy

57a935d1d7b79_imageKim and I first met “Corey” 15 years ago when we moved to Newburyport. He became friends with our son and was quickly “adopted’ into our family. He was a well-known, popular member of the community and high school. Corey was your typical Newburyport kid: clean cut, hardworking, and on high school sports teams. Imagine our shock and disbelief in late 2014 when one of his friends confided in us that, “If we don’t help Corey get off his drug addiction, he’ll be dead by the end of the year.”