From left, Ray Peachey, Westford's substance abuse prevention coordinator, Matt O'Malley, recovery coach  for Boots on the Ground and co-founder, and Dawn Trask and Ryan Troy Tripp, founders of Boots on the Ground. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

IN THE STUDIO: Boots on the Ground Raises Awareness of Addictions

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From left, Ray Peachey, Westford's substance abuse prevention coordinator, Matt O'Malley, recovery coach for Boots on the Ground and co-founder, and Dawn Trask and Ryan Troy Tripp, founders of Boots on the Ground. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

From left, Ray Peachey, Westford’s substance abuse prevention coordinator, Matt O’Malley, recovery coach for Boots on the Ground and co-founder, and Dawn Trask and Ryan Troy Tripp, founders of Boots on the Ground. In front are photos of the sons Trask and Tripp lost to two separate opioid overdoses. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

 

Dawn Trask and Ryan Troy Tripp, parents of two children lost to opioid overdoses, recently launched their non profit company, Boots on the Ground, designed to help substance abusers get and stay clean.

The two addiction specialists came to the WestfordCAT studios on Feb. 2 to appear on Joyce Pellino Crane’s talk show, “Main Street.” [Article continues below.]

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With them came Matt O’Malley, a recovering addict who is now a recovery coach and co-founder of Boots on the Ground.

Also on the set was Ray Peachey, Westford’s substance abuse prevention coordinator. Peachey said the town has recently been awarded a $5,000 grant to hire a coordinator who will reach out to families in crisis.

Trask and Tripp each lost a child to opioid addiction. Trask’s son Tyler Colleton died in Westford at age 21 on Feb. 18, 2016.

Ryan Troy Tripp, Jr., died at age 26 on April 12, 2015 in Falmouth.

Boots on the Ground offers detox and recovery placement, referrals to trauma and grief specialists, interventions and family support, transportation services, searches and outreach, courtroom advocacy, Narcan training, and service dogs.

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