New ride-to-treatment pilot program, Wheels of Hope, launches in the Merrimack Valley

Wheels of Hope

People in the Merrimack Valley with a secured treatment spot now have the opportunity to get a free ride to a detox or treatment facility anywhere in Massachusetts. Wheels of Hope, a pilot transportation project through June 2020, was created to address a common barrier to treatment: lack of transportation. Members of the Merrimack Valley Project identified the need for transportation services for people seeking detox and treatment services in the region and worked to secure the funding necessary for the project, which is a service of the Helpline. Wheels of Hope officially began offering rides on January 22, 2020.

People in the Merrimack Valley who need a ride to treatment can call the Helpline and be connected with a ride from Lucos Transportation of Lowell, MA. Lucos Transportation is committed to providing safe, confidential rides to those in need. Drivers for the program are trained in first aid and overdose management and cars are equipped with naloxone (NarcanĀ®). Passengers are picked up from public places like hospitals, libraries, churches, fire or police stations, municipal buildings, or transportation centers and are brought directly to the treatment facility.

The Helpline is pleased to offer a new service that enables more people to receive treatment for their substance use disorder when they are ready. To learn more about Wheels of Hope, including the specific cities and towns served by the program, visit HelplineMA.org/WheelsofHope or call the Helpline at 800-327-5050.