Media Coverage – PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:07:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 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 Media Coverage – PAARI http://paariusa.org 32 32 93051737 P.A.A.R.I. Featured in NY Times Editorial on America’s Eight-Step Program for Treating Opioid Addiction http://paariusa.org/2017/10/02/p-r-featured-ny-times-editorial-americas-eight-step-program-treating-opioid-addiction/ http://paariusa.org/2017/10/02/p-r-featured-ny-times-editorial-americas-eight-step-program-treating-opioid-addiction/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:41:20 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3920 In an editorial published by the New York Times on Sept. 30, P.A.A.R.I. is featured as one of the eight steps that should be taken to combat opioid addiction.

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In an editorial published by the New York Times on Sept. 30, P.A.A.R.I. is featured as one of the eight steps that should be taken to combat opioid addiction.

“Drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of them from prescription opioids, heroin and synthetic opioids, killed some 64,000 Americans last year, over 20 percent more than in 2015,” the article reads. “That is also more than double the number in 2005, and nearly quadruple the number in 2000, when accidental falls killed more Americans than opioid overdoses.”

To address this national crisis, the New York Times outlines several steps to take, some of which come from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

The second recommendation, “treat, don’t arrest,” highlights that nearly 300 law enforcement agencies have joined P.A.A.R.I., which helps those struggling with the disease of addiction get the help they need to recover by working with their local police department. This initiative has been proven to bring about more lasting results and costs less than repeatedly arresting drug offenders.

For the complete list of the steps, read the entire article here.

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*VIDEO* Nashville, North Carolina Police Department Featured on CNN http://paariusa.org/2017/07/24/video-nashville-north-carolina-police-department-featured-cnn/ http://paariusa.org/2017/07/24/video-nashville-north-carolina-police-department-featured-cnn/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:15:42 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3739 The Nashville, North Carolina Police Department's HOPE Initiative was featured in a video segment on CNN yesterday.

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The Nashville, North Carolina Police Department’s HOPE Initiative was featured in a video segment on CNN yesterday. The video highlights the success of the Nashville Police Department’s police assisted opioid recovery program, as well as the success story of Thomas Spike, who got sober through the HOPE Initiative.

Modeled after the Gloucester Police Department’s Angel Initiative, the HOPE Initiative aims to assist those struggling with addicting to get the help they need without fear of arrest. Since the department’s HOPE Initiative launched in February 2016, 172 people from all over North Carolina, as well as Pennsylvania and California, have gone through the program to get help. Additionally, police have seen a 40 percent drop in crimes related to a substance abuse disorder such as shoplifting, larceny and car break-ins.

To view the entire video, click here.

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P.A.A.R.I. Participates in First-Ever Joint Plymouth County Outreach Meeting http://paariusa.org/2017/07/18/p-r-participates-first-ever-joint-plymouth-county-outreach-meeting/ http://paariusa.org/2017/07/18/p-r-participates-first-ever-joint-plymouth-county-outreach-meeting/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:56:11 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3722 P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade was in Plymouth Tuesday morning for the first-ever joint meeting of Plymouth County Outreach.

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PLYMOUTH — P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade was in Plymouth Tuesday morning for the first-ever joint meeting between the northern and southern regions of Plymouth County Outreach (PCO).

The meeting brought law enforcement and recovery partners from throughout Plymouth County together to share their ideas and collaborate to curb opioid use in the county.

“This was a powerful event that we were honored to be involved with,” Hunter McDade said. “The level of commitment to saving lives and increasing access to treatment that was on display was truly inspiring to see.”

Among the 180 people in attendance Tuesday were representatives from all 27 police departments in Plymouth County. The event was co-hosted by East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen and Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri, who are both P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council members.

The joint meeting, which marked the first time the north and south regions of PCO met together, also featured P.A.A.R.I. board member and former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske as its keynote speaker.

 

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VIDEO: Gloucester Angel Initiative Featured on Chronicle http://paariusa.org/2017/06/23/video-gloucester-angel-initiative-featured-chronicle/ http://paariusa.org/2017/06/23/video-gloucester-angel-initiative-featured-chronicle/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:09:42 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3625 In a four-part segment, WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle featured the Gloucester Angel Initiative and how it has grown over the last two years. The program detailed the background of the Angel Initiative and how the City of Gloucester has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. Steve Lesnikoski, the first participant in Gloucester’s ANGEL […]

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In a four-part segment, WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle featured the Gloucester Angel Initiative and how it has grown over the last two years.

The program detailed the background of the Angel Initiative and how the City of Gloucester has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic. Steve Lesnikoski, the first participant in Gloucester’s ANGEL Initiative, shared his experience with addiction and how working with the police department gave him confidence and success in recovery that he didn’t feel he could get working with hospitals or other treatment programs.

Gloucester’s own Mayor, Sefatia Romeo Theken, shared her personal story of how addiction has touched her life and how powerful that police assisted recovery can be.

As a result of the Gloucester Police Department and P.A.A.R.I.’s work, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association and The Fishing Partnership have begun working together to provide education and training for fishermen on using the opioid reversal drug Narcan and carrying it on their boats.

Recovering addicts and families of those who have suffered fatal overdoses shared their stories and experiences working with Gloucester’s Angel Initiative and P.A.A.R.I. Many spoke about the stigma of addiction and how much of a barrier to treatment and recovery that it can place on those who suffer from the disease of addiction.

The final segment of the program highlighted the success of the Angel Initiative and P.A.A.R.I. — more than 500 addicts have been placed into treatment with the help of local police since the program’s inception two years ago. Additionally, 262 law enforcement agencies from 30 states have partnered with P.A.A.R.I. and developed similar initiatives in their own departments.

To view each segment, follow the links below:

Segment One
Segment Two
Segment Three
Segment Four

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Gloucester Angel Initiative to be Featured on Chronicle Tonight http://paariusa.org/2017/06/22/gloucester-angel-initiative-featured-chronicle-tonight/ http://paariusa.org/2017/06/22/gloucester-angel-initiative-featured-chronicle-tonight/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:25:42 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3615 P.A.A.R.I. is pleased to announce that the Gloucester Angel Initiative will be featured on WCVB’s Chronicle at 7:30 p.m. this evening. The airing comes just after the Angel Initiative celebrated its two year anniversary at the beginning of June. The show will also be live streamed on wcvb.com/chronicle.    

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P.A.A.R.I. is pleased to announce that the Gloucester Angel Initiative will be featured on WCVB’s Chronicle at 7:30 p.m. this evening. The airing comes just after the Angel Initiative celebrated its two year anniversary at the beginning of June.

The show will also be live streamed on wcvb.com/chronicle.

 

 

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Boston Globe Article Highlights Fishing Industry’s Effort to Tackle Opioid Epidemic, Partnership with P.A.A.R.I. http://paariusa.org/2017/04/19/boston-globe-highlights-fishing-industrys-effort-tackle-opioid-epidemic/ http://paariusa.org/2017/04/19/boston-globe-highlights-fishing-industrys-effort-tackle-opioid-epidemic/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:21:16 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3402 In an article titled, "State’s fishing fleet confronts an opioid problem," the Boston Globe highlights the Gloucester fishing industry's push to be better equipped to handle the nation's opioid epidemic.

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In an article titled, “State’s fishing fleet confronts an opioid problem,” the Boston Globe highlights the Gloucester fishing industry’s push to be better equipped to handle the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Captains are now stocking their boats with nasal naloxone (trademarked under the name Narcan), and are trained on how to administer the opioid reversal drug to curb overdose deaths  on the water.

“This is a mayday call for the fishing industry,” said J.J. Bartlett, president of Fishing Partnership Support Services, a nonprofit agency in Massachusetts that addresses health and safety issues. “Ambulances don’t go where fishermen fish.”

The article explains that the push to bring Narcan to the fishing fleet is the latest move to expand its availability. An increasing number of first responders — including many police, firefighters, and other emergency personnel — now carry the antidote.

Along with stories from fishermen, who have seen the negative affects opioid addiction can have on a person, family and industry, the article highlights that to help address the disease of addiction, the Fishing Partnership has joined forces with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.).

P.A.A.R.I. is working to ensure that every fisherman’s first aid kit is equipped with Narcan.  Allie Hunter McDade, executive director of P.A.A.R.I., told the Globe that one of the 40 Gloucester fishermen who received a Narcan kit during a training day in March, used the drug to revive an overdose victim on land.

“We’re already talking to other law-enforcement agencies in hopes of expanding it to other fishing fleets,” John Rosenthal, P.A.A.R.I. co-founder and chairman, said in the Globe article. “We’re hoping over time it becomes as integral to safety training as CPR.”

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P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder John Rosenthal Featured in Cambridge Health Alliance Video http://paariusa.org/2016/10/04/p-r-co-founder-john-rosenthal-featured-cambridge-health-alliance-video/ http://paariusa.org/2016/10/04/p-r-co-founder-john-rosenthal-featured-cambridge-health-alliance-video/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:02:25 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2799 P.A.A.R.I. Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman One Bridge St., Suite #300 Newton, MA 02458 For Immediate Release Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 Contact: John Guilfoil (PAARI) Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder John Rosenthal Featured in Cambridge Health Alliance Video P.A.A.R.I. co-founder John Rosenthal was recently featured in a video on Cambridge Health Alliance’s […]

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil (PAARI)
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder John Rosenthal Featured in Cambridge Health Alliance Video

P.A.A.R.I. co-founder John Rosenthal was recently featured in a video on Cambridge Health Alliance’s Addiction and Recovery Forum. The video features multiple Bay State doctors discussing the stigmas surrounding opioid addiction and the crisis currently sweeping the nation.

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*Media Advisory* P.A.A.R.I. Hosts One Year Anniversary Celebration http://paariusa.org/2016/06/27/media-advisory-p-r-hosts-one-year-anniversary-celebration/ http://paariusa.org/2016/06/27/media-advisory-p-r-hosts-one-year-anniversary-celebration/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:35:08 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2392 GLOUCESTER -- Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that a celebration of the One Year Anniversary of P.A.A.R.I. and the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative will take place this week.

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 27, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil (P.A.A.R.I.)
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Media Advisory* P.A.A.R.I. Hosts One Year Anniversary Celebration

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Chief of Staff to Attend

WHDH’s Cheryl Fiandaca to Emcee the Event

GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that a celebration of the One Year Anniversary of P.A.A.R.I. and the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative will take place this week.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Chief of Staff Regina Labelle, State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, and Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and many other officials are scheduled to attend.

“We are thrilled to mark this one year milestone in Gloucester, where the program initially began,” Chief Campanello said. “P.A.A.R.I. has now established partnerships in 25 states in one year, which is an incredible feat worth celebrating.”

WHEN:

Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Gloucester House, 63 Rogers St.

WHO:

  • P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder and Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello
  • P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder and Chairman John Rosenthal
  • Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
  • State Senator Bruce Tarr
  • State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante
  • WHDH Investigative Reporter Cheryl Fiandaca
  • Regina Labelle, Chief of Staff White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Joanne Peterson, Founder of Learn 2 Cope
  • John Morris, Owner of Beauport Ambulance
  • Nicole Walmsley, Ohio Advocate
  • Chuck Faris, Founder of Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
  • Donna Pellegrino, Vice President of Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
  • Chief of Police Robbie Moulton, Scarborough, Maine
  • Police Officer John Gill, Scarborough, Maine
  • Steve Cotreau, Clinical Coordinator, Scarborough, Maine
  • Chief of Police Danny Langloss, Dixon, Ill.
  • Lt. David Quinn, Gloucester Police Department

WHAT:

The celebration will include appetizers and an awards ceremony, where P.A.A.R.I. founders will hand out the first annual P.A.A.R.I. Angel Leadership Awards to those who have championed the organization’s success over the past year.

P.A.A.R.I. will also be awarding three scholarships to participants of the Angel Program as part of the Stephenie O. Jesi Memorial Scholarship.

WHDH’s Cheryl Fiandaca will emcee the event. 

“P.A.A.R.I.’s success thus far is entirely due to our courageous program participants and police department partners across Massachusetts and throughout the Country,” Rosenthal said. “We’ve already helped change the conversation, reduce stigma and place over 2,000 people into treatment. We have a lot to celebrate and much more to do to help those suffering from the horrific, chronic disease of addiction.”

This event is open the public, space is limited and a suggested tax deductible donation of $40 is requested. All proceeds will go to P.A.A.R.I., which will purchase two doses of the life-saving overdose blocking drug Narcan.

About P.A.A.R.I.

P.A.A.R.I. was started to support local police departments as they work with those struggling with the disease of addiction. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments:

  • Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery
  • Help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses
  • Connect people suffering with opioid addiction with treatment programs and facilities
  • Provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid addiction epidemic

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between police departments and those struggling with the disease of addiction. Since its founding, police departments in 24 states have joined as partners with the initiative.

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WATCH LIVE: John Rosenthal at Washington Post “Addiction in America” Event http://paariusa.org/2016/05/04/live-video-john-rosenthal-washington-post-addiction-america-event/ http://paariusa.org/2016/05/04/live-video-john-rosenthal-washington-post-addiction-america-event/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 13:23:10 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2076 Addiction in America @ The Washington Post | May 4, 2016, 9 – 11 a.m. Watch a live stream of the full program above. PAARI Co-Founder John Rosenthal will take part in a Coffee@WaPo event discussing addiction in America. John will join Svante L. Myrick, the mayor of Ithaca, N.Y.; Jason Snyder, Policy and communications […]

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Addiction in America @ The Washington Post | May 4, 2016, 9 – 11 a.m.
Watch a live stream of the full program above.

PAARI Co-Founder John Rosenthal will take part in a Coffee@WaPo event discussing addiction in America.

John will join Svante L. Myrick, the mayor of Ithaca, N.Y.; Jason Snyder, Policy and communications director, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; and Timothy Wynn, Iraq War veteran; veteran mentor, Philadelphia Veterans Court during a panel discussion.

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Video: Chief Campanello Named National Champion of Change (CBS) http://paariusa.org/2016/05/02/video-chief-campanello-named-national-champion-change-cbs/ http://paariusa.org/2016/05/02/video-chief-campanello-named-national-champion-change-cbs/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 17:11:58 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2061 National CBS correspondent Kenneth Craig was in Washington, D.C. covering an event at the White House at which Chief Leonard Campanello was named a Champion of Change. Craig spoke with the Chief about his revolutionary addiction recovery program — here is a video with coverage from the day:

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National CBS correspondent Kenneth Craig was in Washington, D.C. covering an event at the White House at which Chief Leonard Campanello was named a Champion of Change. Craig spoke with the Chief about his revolutionary addiction recovery program — here is a video with coverage from the day:

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