P.A.A.R.I. Police Chiefs Send Letter to Federal Government Decrying Lack of Funding in Recovery Act of 2016

Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil (P.A.A.R.I.)
Phone: 617-993-0003

P.A.A.R.I. Police Chiefs Send Letter to Federal Government Decrying Lack of Funding in Recovery Act of 2016

38 Law Enforcement Officials in 20 States Call Recovery Act “A Hollow Victory”

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) has sent a letter to President Barack Obama and members of Congress expressing the disappointment of the organization and its 140 police and sheriffs departments and 250 addiction recovery and treatment centers in the removal of virtually all of the funding from the “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016.”

Members of Congress stripped the more than $1 billion requested by the President that would have been earmarked for treatment, prevention, and recovery services.

“To pass this legislation without the funding to support it is a hollow victory for those working to save lives,” the letter reads. “Without funding for state programs, access to treatment will continue to be a barrier to recovery. With additional funding of over $1 billion, we could turn this epidemic around and curb the mounting death toll. Significant funding is needed now to improve access to effective opioid treatment, enable safe disposal of unneeded drugs and strengthen prescription drug monitoring.”

The letter was signed by P.A.A.R.I. founders Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, as well as 38 law enforcement officials from 20 states across the country.

“Every 11 minutes, we lose another life to overdose in the United States. Over 130 Americans die every day from opioid and heroin overdoses. Our police officers and sheriffs deputies are on the front lines literally watching people die while funding for treatment programs is stripped away by our Congress,” Rosenthal said. “Our police chiefs, who come from red and blue states alike, are providing new entry points into treatment where none have existed and we’re urging Members of Congress to re-consider this desperately needed and life-saving funding.”

Click here to download the letter.

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Those signing the letter included: