PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i0.wp.com/paariusa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/46/2015/06/PAARI_Logo_PUB_052815-02-11-5570acc8v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 PAARI http://paariusa.org 32 32 93051737 P.A.A.R.I. and Partners Featured in Politico Magazine http://paariusa.org/2018/06/07/p-a-a-r-i-and-partners-featured-in-politico-magazine/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/07/p-a-a-r-i-and-partners-featured-in-politico-magazine/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:41:50 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4655 P.A.A.R.I. and some of its partners, as well as Co-Chairmen John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan, were recently featured in Politico Magazine for their work reinventing law enforcement’s role in responding to the nationwide opioid crisis. Thanks to @PaariUSA and many others, police are connecting people with #opioid addiction to treatment. https://t.co/hSKPl9yL84 — ONDCP (@ONDCP) June […]

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P.A.A.R.I. and some of its partners, as well as Co-Chairmen John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan, were recently featured in Politico Magazine for their work reinventing law enforcement’s role in responding to the nationwide opioid crisis.

The story highlights the work being done by Plymouth Police through Plymouth County Outreach, as well as in Arlington to reach out directly to overdose victims and their families in order to connect them with life changing recovery options.

It also highlights the beginnings of P.A.A.R.I., which was founded in the wake of the immense success Gloucester Police found when they opened their doors to those suffering from substance abuse disorders and forever changed the role of police in fighting the opioid abuse:

Three years later, the unique approach to combating the opioid epidemic has evolved into a national program called Police-Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, or PAARI, a partnership of 390 police departments that has helped 12,000 people get into drug treatment. Some members, like Gloucester, have opened their police stations as safe spaces for the addicted. Others, like Plymouth, follow a variation created in Arlington, Mass., a Boston suburb, in which officers and addiction counselors reach out to recent overdose victims instead of waiting for addicts to come to them.

While PAARI started in small cities, it is now getting attention from cities with much larger populations and significantly more overdoses. The biggest partner is Macomb County, Michigan, made up of 27 suburbs of Detroit with a combined population of 860,000 and the second-highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the state—more than twice the national average. Officials there tweaked the Gloucester model, using 250 “angel” volunteers so the police don’t have to arrange the treatment themselves. Phoenix started a program in one of its police stations. Salt Lake City launched a program on the troubled street across from its homeless shelter. Boston just kicked off an effort in which police officers in certain neighborhoods give out cards with the names of treatment advocates PAARI has hired through AmeriCorps.

To read the whole story, “The Police Aren’t Just Getting You In Trouble. They Actually Care” click here.

 

 

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3 years ago today Gloucester Police Department opened its doors http://paariusa.org/2018/06/01/3-years-ago-today-gloucester-police-department-opened-its-doors/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/01/3-years-ago-today-gloucester-police-department-opened-its-doors/#respond Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:59:56 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4641 On June 1, 2015 — 3 years ago today — the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative opened its doors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to anyone suffering from the disease of addiction, creating a non-arrest, stigma-free, and immediate pathway to treatment and recovery. This innovative program has helped more than 600 people enter treatment […]

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On June 1, 2015 — 3 years ago today — the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative opened its doors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to anyone suffering from the disease of addiction, creating a non-arrest, stigma-free, and immediate pathway to treatment and recovery. This innovative program has helped more than 600 people enter treatment to date.

The Gloucester ANGEL Initiative also sparked a movement of law enforcement agencies across the country who recognize that addiction is a disease not a crime that requires treatment not arrest. Founded alongside the groundbreaking Gloucester ANGEL Initiative in June 2015, PAARI has been a driving force behind this rapidly expanding community policing movement.

PAARI and our network of 408 law enforcement partners are working towards a collective vision where non-arrest diversion programs become a standard policing practice across the country. This movement is reducing overdose deaths, expanding access to treatment, improving public safety, reducing crime, diverting people away from the criminal justice system, reducing stigma, and increasing trust between law enforcement and their communities.

Thank you to the many law enforcement agencies, treatment programs, partners, volunteers, donors, and community members who have helped turn this simple idea into a national movement.

Although there is much to celebrate, there is still much work left to be done, as the opioid epidemic continues to claim 174 lives each day. PAARI’s work is more vital today than ever.

We encourage you to get involved by making a donation, talking to your local police department about joining PAARI, or reaching out to someone you know who is struggling with a substance use disorder.

3 Year Celebration & Awards Ceremony – June 27 at 6pm

What an amazing 3 years it has been! Since June 2015, PAARI has grown into a national movement of more than 400 law enforcement agencies who believe in treatment over arrest and incarceration. We have placed more than 600 people into treatment through the Gloucester ANGEL Program alone and more than 15,000 individuals in total through our partners across the country.

Come celebrate with us and congratulate the 2018 PAARI Leadership Award winners who make this all possible. Thanks to the unending support of Steve Jesi and Cheryl Marlow, for the 3rd year in a row, 3 participants of the Gloucester ANGEL Program will also receive the Stephenie Jesi Memorial Scholarship to support their recovery journey.

This event is not to be missed. We hope to see you there!

Tickets can be purchased here.

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P.A.A.R.I. Programs Featured in CBC Canada Article http://paariusa.org/2018/04/30/p-a-a-r-i-programs-featured-in-cbc-canada-article/ http://paariusa.org/2018/04/30/p-a-a-r-i-programs-featured-in-cbc-canada-article/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2018 18:08:55 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4575 P.A.A.R.I. and it's partner law enforcement programs were recently featured in a CBC Canada article which suggested that similar programs could be a solution for meth addicts in Manitoba.

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P.A.A.R.I. and it’s partner law enforcement programs were recently featured in a CBC Canada article which suggested that similar programs could be a solution for meth addicts in Manitoba. The article also highlighted the Arlington Outreach Initiative and Chief Fred Ryan’s insights. Earlier this year, Chief Ryan represented agencies from across the country and presented the Arlington Police Department’s program to law enforcement officials in Ottawa.

Click here to read the full article.

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Cambridge Police Department Receives Collaborative Grant to Bring on Jared Stanley as Part-Time Recovery Coach http://paariusa.org/2018/04/10/cambridge-police-department-receives-collaborative-grant-to-bring-on-jared-stanley-as-part-time-recovery-coach/ http://paariusa.org/2018/04/10/cambridge-police-department-receives-collaborative-grant-to-bring-on-jared-stanley-as-part-time-recovery-coach/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:41:22 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4526 The following is a press release from the Cambridge Police Department: Monday, April 9, 2018 Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. is pleased to announce that Jared Stanley has joined the Cambridge Police Department as its new part-time Recovery Coach. Stanley joined the Cambridge Police Department through an AmeriCorps grant from the Police Assisted Addiction and […]

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The following is a press release from the Cambridge Police Department:

Monday, April 9, 2018

Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. is pleased to announce that Jared Stanley has joined the Cambridge Police Department as its new part-time Recovery Coach. Stanley joined the Cambridge Police Department through an AmeriCorps grant from the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), as well as a grant from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance.

The addition of a Recovery Coach will help enhance the Cambridge Department’s coaching and intervention services capabilities, which already includes a Licensed Social Worker working in collaboration with the Department’s Special Investigations Unit and Patrol Officers.

Stanley is based out of the Cambridge Police Department generally on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and will provide support and referrals to treatment for individuals with substance use disorders and their families. He will play an instrumental role in breaking down potential barriers as it pertains to follow-up home visits as well as supporting the Department’s proactive outreach during the critical times of a client seeking or craving substances.  He recently completed the Recovery Coach Academy, offered through the Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, and will use his training and past experiences to connect with and support active drug users, those who have recently overdosed, those seeking treatment, and those in early recovery.

“Jared is a vital resource that will greatly add to the strong work already being conducted by our Special Investigations Unit and Licensed Social Worker,” said Commissioner Bard. “His passion for helping others, combined with his experience with addiction and recovery, will strongly benefit those suffering from substance use. He will play an important role in connecting our clients to treatment and recovery services and diverting them from the criminal justice system. In fact, he has already made an immediate impact with some of our clients.”

Stanley is one of 25 AmeriCorps members that were placed in host police department sites across Massachusetts. This groundbreaking new statewide program combines the power of service with the power of the recovery community and the power of police-based referral programs.

“P.A.A.R.I.’s mission is to provide resources to help law enforcement agencies combat the opioid epidemic and this innovative program will add significant capacity to our law enforcement partners and utilize service as a solution to address critical community needs,” said P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade. “We are thrilled that the Cambridge Police Department has signed on as a partner for the inaugural year of the program.”
“Improving access to treatment for individuals with opioid addiction is vitally important, and it requires innovative solutions and collaboration among agencies,” said Christopher Fischer MD, site chief of emergency medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance Cambridge Hospital. “This program is an example of how we can work together to help individuals get the care they need during a time when they need it the most.”

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Media Advisory: P.A.A.R.I. to Make Donation to Seattle Police Department Naloxone Program http://paariusa.org/2018/04/05/media-advisory-p-a-a-r-i-to-make-donation-to-seattle-police-department-naloxone-program/ http://paariusa.org/2018/04/05/media-advisory-p-a-a-r-i-to-make-donation-to-seattle-police-department-naloxone-program/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:10:56 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4517 The Seattle Police Department is holding a news conference with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) to announce a donation aimed at furthering the life-saving success of SPD’s Naloxone program.

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WHAT: The Seattle Police Department is holding a news conference with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) to announce a donation aimed at furthering the life-saving success of SPD’s Naloxone program.

WHERE: Seattle Police Department West Precinct, 810 Virginia Street, roll call room

WHEN: Thursday, April 5 at 10 a.m.

WHO:

  • Seattle Deputy Mayor Mike Fong
  • Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best
  • PAARI Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade
  • PAARI Board Member R. Gil Kerlikowske
  • Caleb Banta Green, PHD
  • Penny LeGate, The Marah Project
  • Colleen Keefe, RN
  • West Precinct bike officers who have used naloxone to save lives

PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY: Yes

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Plymouth County Outreach Featured in Police Chiefs Magazine http://paariusa.org/2018/03/21/plymouth-county-outreach-featured-in-police-chiefs-magazine/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/21/plymouth-county-outreach-featured-in-police-chiefs-magazine/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:12:48 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4464 P.A.A.R.I. partner Plymouth County Outreach was recently featured in the March issue of The Police Chief Magazine, which is the nationally distributed magazine of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The entire March issue was dedicated to the topic of current issues involving drugs. “Leading a Community Solution to a Community Problem” was […]

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P.A.A.R.I. partner Plymouth County Outreach was recently featured in the March issue of The Police Chief Magazine, which is the nationally distributed magazine of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The entire March issue was dedicated to the topic of current issues involving drugs.

“Leading a Community Solution to a Community Problem” was penned by East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen and Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, with the assistance of Stonehill College assistant criminology professor Pamela Kelley, Roger Williams University criminal justice professor Sean Varano and Patrick Nevins, assistant director of grants and special projects in the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office.

The article provides an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic that local law enforcement has been dealing with for more than a decade. It highlights the tactics, partnerships and ongoing efforts to find solutions that help save lives and offer substance users the help and recovery options they need.

Plymouth County Outreach (PCO) is an opioid prevention and recovery coalition made up of 27 municipal police departments in Plymouth County, along with the Bridgewater State University Police. The partnership extends beyond law enforcement to include hospitals, recovery and faith-based organizations, as well as local coalitions and recovery-oriented groups. Chiefs Allen and Botieri are members of P.A.A.R.I.’s National Police Council and currently host five P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps members to support the county-wide initiative.

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P.A.A.R.I. Responds to Trump Administration’s Efforts to Curtail Opioid Epidemic: “We Cannot Arrest and Incarcerate Our Way Out of the Opioid Crisis” http://paariusa.org/2018/03/19/p-a-a-r-i-responds-to-trump-administrations-efforts-to-curtail-opioid-epidemic-we-cannot-arrest-and-incarcerate-our-way-out-of-the-opioid-crisis/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/19/p-a-a-r-i-responds-to-trump-administrations-efforts-to-curtail-opioid-epidemic-we-cannot-arrest-and-incarcerate-our-way-out-of-the-opioid-crisis/#respond Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:11:18 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4474 P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Arlington Police Chief and P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman Frederick Ryan participated in a conference call over the weekend with White House officials, who discussed the administration’s newly-unveiled plan to curb the opioid epidemic.

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P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Arlington Police Chief and P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman Frederick Ryan participated in a conference call over the weekend with White House officials, who discussed the administration’s newly-unveiled plan to curb the opioid epidemic.

The federal initiative includes a renewed commitment to providing first responders nationwide with the lifesaving overdose reversal drug naloxone, emphasizes treatment over incarceration for those battling addiction and outlines a variety of proactive approaches that have the potential to save countless lives.

“Empowering medicaid to provide more comprehensive coverage for those seeking inpatient treatment is a dramatic step forward in addressing this crisis,” said Dr. David Rosenbloom, P.A.A.R.I. Board Member and Professor of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. “We fully support an approach that treats those battling addiction not as criminals, but as patients suffering from a treatable disease.”

The White House proposal — while placing a heavy focus on curtailing the supply of drugs through strict enforcement as well as limiting over-prescription of opioids — offers an opportunity for P.A.A.R.I. to further establish its model of pre-arrest diversion as the ideal approach.

“It’s clear that steering people toward recovery resources has been the most effective approach we can take on both a local and national level to combat opiate disorder and its effects,” Chief Ryan said. “I’m hopeful that the administration will stand with law enforcement and direct significant and sustained resources to supporting those of us on the front lines working hand-in-hand with the millions of Americans who are fighting this epidemic every single day.”

The elements of the administration initiative that focus directly on recovery and access to treatment include:

  •       Work to ensure first responders are supplied with naloxone, a lifesaving medication used to reverse overdoses.
  •       Leverage Federal funding opportunities to State and local jurisdictions to incentivize and improve nationwide overdose tracking systems that will help resources to be rapidly deployed to hard-hit areas.
  •       Expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment in every State, particularly Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction.
  •       Seek legislative changes to the law prohibiting Medicaid from reimbursing residential treatment at certain facilities with more than 16 beds.

o   In the meantime, continue approving State Medicaid demonstration projects that waive these barriers to inpatient treatment.

  •       Provide on-demand, evidence-based addiction treatment to service members, veterans and their families eligible for healthcare through the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs.
  •       Leverage opportunities in the criminal justice system to identify and treat offenders struggling with addiction.

o   Screen every Federal inmate for opioid addiction at intake.

o   For those who screen positive and are approved for placement in residential reentry centers, facilitate naltrexone treatment and access to treatment prior to and while at residential reentry centers and facilitate connection to community treatment services as needed.

o   Scale up support for State, Tribal, and local drug courts in order to provide offenders struggling with addiction access to evidence-based treatment as an alternative to or in conjunction with incarceration, or as a condition of supervised release.

P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement movement is based on the notion that we cannot arrest and incarcerate our way out of the opioid crisis.  We truly believe that a pre-arrest solution, which keeps those struggling with substance use disorders out of the criminal justice system entirely, is the gold standard for how to approach to this issue on a local and national level,” Executive Director Hunter McDade said. “Nearly 400 law enforcement agencies have seen significant success as a result of treating the opioid problem as a public health problem, and I hope this administration will take a look at community policing programs like ours that reduce overdose deaths, make our communities safer, and help people get access to the treatment they need and deserve.”

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Media Coverage: Brattleboro Police Chief Gets High Praise for Drug Crisis Response http://paariusa.org/2018/03/16/media-coverage-brattleboro-police-chief-gets-high-praise-for-drug-crisis-response/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/16/media-coverage-brattleboro-police-chief-gets-high-praise-for-drug-crisis-response/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:27:33 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4451 Brattleboro, Vermont Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald was featured in the Brattleboro Commons newspaper for his ongoing commitment to working with his community to overcome the opioid epidemic, including his work on drug and alcohol prevention initiatives. The article highlights Chief Fitzgerald earning one of six “Prevention Champion” awards from the organization Prevention Works! VT at […]

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Brattleboro, Vermont Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald was featured in the Brattleboro Commons newspaper for his ongoing commitment to working with his community to overcome the opioid epidemic, including his work on drug and alcohol prevention initiatives.

The article highlights Chief Fitzgerald earning one of six “Prevention Champion” awards from the organization Prevention Works! VT at the Vermont Statehouse on Feb. 22.

The Brattleboro Police Department is one of PAARI’s newest law enforcement partners and Chief Fitzgerald is quoted at length in the article discussing the need for a revamped approach to drug use:

“In some areas, enforcement isn’t the most appropriate action,” he said. “We need to change the culture away from 100 percent law enforcement, away from this warrior mentality, toward what we can do to help good people, and not just arrest bad people.”

When asked why he supported these changes, which go against the grain of most aspects of law enforcement, Fitzgerald said, “we were dealing with the same people again and again, doing the same thing. The only time we wouldn’t deal with them was when they were incarcerated. It’s a waste of resources, and you’re not fixing the problem.”

“It’s the definition of insanity, and it was not working,” Fitzgerald said. “Let’s stop it before it starts is the most forward thinking.”

“We find that a lot people suffering from mental health illness or drug addiction, once you sit down and listen to their stories, you get a whole different perspective,” Fitzgerald said. “You find out they were blue-collar, white-collar, a high school drop out, a Ph.D, everything in-between. You find out they’re not a bad person, they’re just in a bad situation.”

“And, I personally believe that when an individual asks for help, that is a sign of strength, and we have to get an environment where that is generally accepted so people feel comfortable and confident to seek help,” he said.

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P.A.A.R.I. and Chilmark Fire Partner for NARCAN Training and Discussion http://paariusa.org/2018/03/08/4426/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/08/4426/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:00:40 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4426 I am pleased to invite you to join Chilmark Fire Department and the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) for a NARCAN training and discussion about what first responders, public safety agencies, and town staff can do in response to the mounting opioid epidemic.

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Chief Norton of the Chilmark Fire Department, and the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) are pleased to invite you to join them for a NARCAN training and discussion about what first responders, public safety agencies, and town staff can do in response to the mounting opioid epidemic.

This training will provide education on how to identify and respond to an opioid overdose, including how to administer NARCAN, the opioid overdose reversal medication.

There will also be an opportunity to learn about and discuss various law enforcement and public safety initiatives to connect opioid drug users to treatment. 

We hope this meeting will foster dialogue across agencies and municipalities about how to address the opioid epidemic and prevent fatal overdoses.

WHEN: Monday, March 12th at 6pm

WHERE North Road Fire Station, 221 North Road, Chilmark, MA 02535

WHAT NARCAN Training and Opioid Discussion 

WHO All Town Staff are welcome to attend this training. Open to the public.

(Town Hall, Harbor, Beach, Fire, Coast Guard, and Highway)   

CONTACT: For more information and to RSVP, contact Tim Carroll, Chilmark Town Executive Secretary and Deputy Fire Chief, execsec@chilmarkma.gov

Please note that PAARI will also be meeting with local law enforcement and stakeholders on Monday, March 12th at 2pm at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, MA.

For more information about this meeting, please contact Eric Adams, Recovery Coach Program Supervisor, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, EAdams@mvcommunityservices.com

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P.A.A.R.I. Attends White House Opioid Summit http://paariusa.org/2018/03/02/p-a-a-r-i-represented-at-white-house-opioid-summit/ http://paariusa.org/2018/03/02/p-a-a-r-i-represented-at-white-house-opioid-summit/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:33:00 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4408 WASHINGTON -- P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade was among a select group that attended The White House Opioid Summit yesterday.

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WASHINGTON — P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade was among a select group that attended The White House Opioid Summit yesterday.

The event served as an opportunity to update key stakeholders on the status of the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic following the president’s classification of the crisis as a national public health emergency last fall.

“P.A.A.R.I. is grateful to be invited to contribute to addressing this nationwide crisis,” Hunter McDade said. “Our sincere hope is that the administration will act quickly and adopt a strategy that heavily emphasizes expanding access to treatment rather than arrest and incarceration.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar committed to allocating $75 million to supply first responders with lifesaving nasal naloxone, a move P.A.A.R.I. has long called for and is hopeful will become a reality.

The Summit included two panels featuring cabinet secretaries whose departments are combating the crisis on all fronts.

P.A.A.R.I. supports federal efforts to interdict the supply of synthetic opiods into the U.S., which were discussed at length at yesterday’s summit.

P.A.A.R.I. remains primarily committed to creating and sustaining an environment in which those battling substance use disorders feel comfortable asking for help to begin their journey to recovery.

Hunter McDade added, “This is a complex issue that can only be brought under control through common-sense strategies, including escalated enforcement on the supply side and a compassionate and community-oriented solution for individuals and families trying to overcome the devastating affects of addiction.”

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