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For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 8, 2018

 

 

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

Salt Lake City Police Department Partners With P.A.A.R.I. to Fight Opioid Addiction

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) Co-Chairs John Rosenthal and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, and P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Salt Lake City Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I. to better serve individuals and families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

The Salt Lake City Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. formally began their partnership in late 2017, bolstering the ongoing efforts of Operation Diversion — a partnership between Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City.

Since October 2016, Operation Diversion has helped place 246 individuals into treatment.

“The Salt Lake City Police Department is excited to join P.A.A.R.I. because we have been facing an opioid crisis in our community for the last several years and our officers respond to multiple overdoses on a daily basis,” Chief Brown said. “We know that we cannot arrest our way out of this problem and we believe that working with P.A.A.R.I. will help us actively contribute to finding a sustainable solution to this crisis.”

Through its partnership with P.A.A.R.I., the Salt Lake City Police Department will open its doors to those suffering from addiction — and their families — by referring them to treatment and recovery options in lieu of arrest and prosecution.

To help accomplish their goal of directing those actively seeking help to the most appropriate resources, Salt Lake City Police have enlisted the help of eight social workers who coordinate directly with those battling substance use disorders to support their recovery efforts.

Hunter McDade will be making a site visit in Salt Lake City this week and will be collaborating with officers on a presentation at Utah Valley University’s conference on addiction on Friday.

“The Salt Lake City Police Department has shown a deep commitment to helping those impacted by the opioid epidemic overcome substance abuse and rebuild their lives,” Hunter McDade said. “I’m eager to work hand-in-hand with the department and their local partners to build upon that foundation and make lifesaving recovery resources more accessible.”

About P.A.A.R.I.:

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs.

P.A.A.R.I. works across sectors to provide training, coaching and support; program models, policies and procedures and templates; seed grants; connections to more than 300 vetted treatment centers; a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies; a unified voice with media and legislators; and capacity building through AmeriCorps.

P.A.A.R.I. is free to join and open to any law enforcement agency that believes in treatment over arrest and views addiction as a disease, not a crime. Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has launched more than 375 law enforcement programs in 32 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone and helped more than 12,000 people into treatment.

 

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Highland, Ind. Police Department Partners With P.A.A.R.I. to Renew its Approach to Addiction http://paariusa.org/2018/01/22/4322/ http://paariusa.org/2018/01/22/4322/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:01:05 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4322 Highland Police Chief Peter Hojnicki and Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) co-chairs John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Highland Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I.

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For Immediate Release
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

 

 

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

Highland, Ind. Police Department Partners With P.A.A.R.I. to Renew its Approach to Addiction

HIGHLAND, Ind. — Highland Police Chief Peter Hojnicki and Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) co-chairs John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that the Highland Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I. to better serve individuals and families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

The Highland Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. formally began their partnership last July and, in the months since, Detective Brian Stanley has worked to forge strong partnerships with area recovery groups that have proved instrumental in the program’s early success.

Detective Stanley and his department first learned of the initiative last year after reading about the neighboring Griffith Police Department’s membership in a Northwest Indiana Times story.

Upon reading about it, he knew that a renewed approach was something that Highland Police needed to pursue, as it could make a lifesaving difference for the Highland community.

“We understand that this is an epidemic that is plaguing our community, and that we need to become further engaged and do more to meet the challenge,” Detective Stanley said. “The goal is to proactively seek out those individuals and families that could benefit from a changed approach to let them know that we are here to help them and — just as importantly — we want to help them.”

Through its partnership with P.A.A.R.I., the Highland Police Department will open its doors to those suffering from addiction, and their families, by referring them to treatment and recovery options in lieu of arrest and prosecution.

“As law enforcement officers, we realize that we cannot arrest our way out of this opioid epidemic,” Highland Police Commander John Banasiak said. “We’re committed to attacking this problem in another way, and we’re grateful for P.A.A.R.I. and the local organizations we’ve partnered with that have made that possible.”

Since partnering with P.A.A.R.I., Highland Police have built connections with several area recovery organizations to ease access to recovery options:

  • Edgewater Health of Gary
  • Recovery Works of Merrillville
  • Heartland Recovery of Lowell
  • Big Book Legacy Group of Griffith

“Recovery is a lifelong journey that begins by simply asking for help, and I am so glad that the Highland Police Department has made itself available as a resource for those ready to ask for help,” P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade said. “They have done tremendous work to build a strong recovery network in a very short period of time, and their efforts will no doubt help save lives in their community.”

Highland Police responded to 36 overdoses in 2017 and administered the overdose reversal drug naloxone in 13 of those cases.

Since launching its recovery initiative, the Highland Police Department has placed a strong emphasis on proactive outreach to individuals they know could benefit from recovery resources and has so far directed two people into treatment.

About P.A.A.R.I.:

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs. P.A.A.R.I. works across sectors to provide training, coaching, and support; program models, policies and procedures, and templates; seed grants; connections to over 300 vetted treatment centers; a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies; a unified voice with media and legislators; and capacity building through AmeriCorps. P.A.A.R.I. is free to join and open to any law enforcement agency that believes in treatment over arrest and views addiction as a disease not a crime. Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has launched more than 375 law enforcement programs in 32 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone, and helped over 12,000 people into treatment.

 

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Burlington Police Department’s Enhanced Drug Recovery Program Yields Strong Early Results http://paariusa.org/2018/01/17/4299/ http://paariusa.org/2018/01/17/4299/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:30:52 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4299 Just two months after enhancing its drug recovery efforts through its Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.)/AmeriCorps Unit, the Burlington Police Department is already reporting meaningful results.

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P.A.A.R.I.
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
Frederick Ryan, Co-Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Burlington Police Department’s Enhanced Drug Recovery Program Yields Strong Early Results

BURLINGTON — Just two months after enhancing its drug recovery efforts through its Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.)/AmeriCorps Unit, the Burlington Police Department is already reporting meaningful results.

Since Program Coordinator Margie Taylor and Recovery Coach Jackie Tayabji, two AmeriCorps members, joined the Burlington Police Department last fall, they have reached more than 53 individuals suffering from substance use disorder — or their family members — and linked each one with critical resources.

They’ve also placed an emphasis on supporting the loved ones of those battling addiction to ensure they have the help they need to overcome the challenges they face as a result of their family members’ drug use.

Together, Taylor and Tayabji comprise Burlington’s P.A.A.R.I./AmeriCorps Unit, which works closely with Burlington Police Officer Robert Aloisi to combat substance abuse disorders and the current nationwide opioid crisis on a local level.

Taylor and Tayabji’s early success with the program is due in large part to the strong partnership they have formed with the police department, as well as the broad support of the community at large and organizations that are committed to helping them accomplish their mission.

“Forging relationships within the community is essential, as there is always power in numbers, and we can accomplish so much more when the all of the stakeholders are addressing this issue together,” Taylor said. “We have already seen how these relationships have opened the lines of communication among numerous stakeholders.”

Several organizations have proven integral to the recovery team’s efforts, including the Burlington Fire Department, Burlington Overcoming Addiction, the Board of Selectmen, Council on Aging, Rotary Club, Burlington Schools, Learn to Cope, Lahey Health and the Town Administrators office.

The recovery team has directed eight people into treatment, though their work does not end when a person enters a recovery program.

“Our goal as recovery coaches is to be a support system for the person pursuing treatment through their entire continuum of care,” Taylor said. “We want to provide support for the individual from the very start and help guide them along their journey so we can assist them with tackling any issues or barriers that could prevent a smooth path to recovery.”

The mission of the Burlington Police P.A.A.R.I./AmeriCorps Unit was bolstered early on by the entire team’s participation at P.A.A.R.I.’s inaugural National Law Enforcement Summit. While there, they gave their own presentation and learned from hundreds of law enforcement and healthcare executives and professionals from all over the country. The event took place over a two day period at Boston University and featured numerous presenters and speakers, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

Taylor and Tayabji’s contributions to the Burlington Police Department have been made possible by an AmeriCorps grant administered through P.A.A.R.I.

“We’re excited about the potential this program holds in allowing us to approach this significant issue from a new angle,” Chief Michael Kent said. “Jackie and Margie have already made tremendous inroads within our community and I couldn’t be happier about the impact they’re having on those in need.”

The Burlington community has bought into the work the recovery unit is doing, and has significantly eased the work of building essential partnerships that have helped the program thrive in a short period of time.

“We have had the full support of the entire community and have been welcomed with open arms,” Tayabji said. “We could not be successful without the backing and collaboration we have received from our Burlington Police partners, and we’re grateful for their commitment to making a difference and helping those struggling with substance abuse issues.”

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P.A.A.R.I. Makes Resources From Groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit Available Online http://paariusa.org/2017/12/20/p-a-a-r-i-makes-resources-from-groundbreaking-national-law-enforcement-summit-available-online/ http://paariusa.org/2017/12/20/p-a-a-r-i-makes-resources-from-groundbreaking-national-law-enforcement-summit-available-online/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 20:47:52 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4234 The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative is pleased to announce that it is making numerous resources from its groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit available online. 

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
Frederick Ryan, Co-Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. Makes Resources From Groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit Available Online

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative is pleased to announce that it is making numerous resources from its groundbreaking National Law Enforcement Summit available online

The summit, which took place over two days earlier this month, was a first-of-its-kind meeting of law enforcement agencies committed to reversing the tide of opioid addiction. It included presentations from police leaders throughout the country and also featured remarks from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III.


The new page on the P.A.A.R.I. website features numerous resources that will benefit both law enforcement agencies that were represented at the summit​ as well as ​those who were not able to attend, but wish to build a more in-depth understanding of the work being done by other departments to alter their approach to addiction in their communities.

“It was truly inspiring to see so many people coming together to build upon the work we’ve already done to change the conversation about drug addiction,” P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal said. “The National Law Enforcement Summit was a key moment for this movement, and we’re eager to continue helping our partners share their knowledge and experience and build upon the tremendous early successes we’ve had.” 

The site also features a large set of videos of the panel discussions and presentations from both days. 

The following organizations, agencies and individuals were among the dozens of people who shared their ideas and approaches at the summit, and whose presentations are now available online:

  • Hope Not Handcuffs (Michigan)
  • Plymouth County Outreach (Massachusetts)
  • Massachusetts Association of Health Plans
  • P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Recovery Coaches
  • Chelsea Police Department (Massachusetts)
  • Essex County County Correctional Facility Detoxification Unit (Massachusetts)
  • Gloucester Police Department Angel Program (Massachusetts)
  • Dr. Sarah E. Wakeman, Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative
  • Danny Langloss, City Manager and Retired Chief of Police in Dixon, Illinois
  • Frederick Ryan, Chief of the Arlington, Massachusetts Police Department, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman and P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council Chairman

“This event helped foster a tremendous exchange of ideas and approaches that we can all learn from and use in our own communities,” Chief Ryan said. “The P.A.A.R.I. model has become a nationwide movement, and I’m thrilled by how willing our partners have been to modify their approach and accept a new role in fighting this crisis.”

To see the extensive collection of presentations and other resources from the summit, including photos, please visit paariusa.org/police/2017-summit/

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*Media Advisory* Governor Baker to Give Opening Remarks at Inaugural P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit http://paariusa.org/2017/11/30/media-advisory-governor-baker-give-opening-remarks-inaugural-p-r-national-law-enforcement-summit-2/ http://paariusa.org/2017/11/30/media-advisory-governor-baker-give-opening-remarks-inaugural-p-r-national-law-enforcement-summit-2/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:01:29 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4140 P.A.A.R.I. John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman 186 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930 For Immediate Release Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 Media Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net *Media Advisory* Governor Baker to Give Opening Remarks at Inaugural P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit  More than 200 Leaders from Around the Country to Attend GLOUCESTER — The […]

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Media Advisory*

Governor Baker to Give Opening Remarks at Inaugural P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit 

More than 200 Leaders from Around the Country to Attend

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to welcome law enforcement leaders from throughout the nation next week at its first National Law Enforcement Summit.

The event, which is the first of its kind, will bring more than 200 leaders from 27 states and the District of Columbia to Boston. It is completely open to press, and a schedule of speaking programs is attached below.

WHO: 

  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker
  • Sandro Galea, Dean, Boston University School of Public Health
  • John Rosenthal, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
  • Frederick Ryan, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman, Police Council Chairman and Arlington Police Chief
  • Allie Hunter McDade, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director
  • P.A.A.R.I. National Police Council Members
  • More than 200 law enforcement leaders

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Boston University School of Medicine

72 East Concord St. (14th floor), Boston

 

WHAT:

The P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit is a groundbreaking event that will connect law enforcement leaders from around the country who have changed their approach to the opioid epidemic in their communities and taken the lead in preventing overdose deaths and providing access to addiction treatment and recovery.

Over 200 police leaders from agencies of all sizes will be in attendance at the summit, which will include a keynote address from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

The summit will empower law enforcement agencies to outline their successes and challenges in combating the nationwide opioid epidemic, and will serve as a platform for the sharing of ideas on how to build upon, or launch, a pre-arrest addiction and recovery referral program in order to provide those struggling with addiction with the help they need.

MEDIA LOGISTICS:

There will be opportunities for television, radio and print/online media interviews, and staff will be on-site to assist media. Law enforcement leaders from the following states will be in attendance and are generally available for interviews: Arizona, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. 

Affiliates may be interested in drawing from their local stations. Boston has NBC (NBC Boston/New England Cable News and Telemundo), CBS (WBZ), Hearst (ABC affiliate WCVB), Sunbeam (WHDH) and Cox Media (Fox affiliate WFXT) television news broadcast stations. 

SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, December 5

8:30 a.m. — Networking Breakfast

9 a.m. — Welcome from Chief Frederick Ryan, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman, Arlington, Mass.

9:20 a.m. — Welcome from Sandro Galea, Dean, BU School of Public Health

9:30 a.m.  — Welcome from John Rosenthal, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Co-Chairman

9:45 a.m. — Introduction of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker from Chief Frederick Ryan and John Rosenthal

10 a.m. — Remarks from Gov. Charlie Baker

10:15 a.m. — Opioid Epidemic and P.A.A.R.I. 101

  • Allie Hunter McDade, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director, Boston
  • John Rosenthal, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Gloucester
  • Chief Frederick Ryan, P.A.A.R.I. Co-Chairman, Arlington

11 a.m. — Intake Programs 101

  • Lt. Jeremiah Nicastro, Gloucester
  • Chief Robbie Moulton, Scarborough, Maine
  • Sgt. Brittney Garrett, Jeffersontown, Kentucky
  • Katie Donovan, Hope Not Handcuffs, Macomb County, Michigan

Noon — Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. — Outreach Programs 101

  • Chief Frederick Ryan, Arlington
  • Sgt. Mike Braley, Everett, Washington
  • Dan Cortez, Community Engagement Specialist, Chelsea
  • Kelly Pompilio, Police Social Worker, Alexandria, Kentucky
  • Chief Ed Walsh, Taunton

1:30 p.m. — How do we know this is working?

  • Dr. Davida Schiff, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Sean Varano, Kelley Research Associates and Roger Williams University
  • Tomoko Udo, University of Albany School of Public Health
  • Capt. Dave Batchelor, Chelsea

2:15 p.m. — How do we include the recovery community?

  • Tito Rodriguez, P.A.A.R.I. Care Advocate & Outreach Worker, Gloucester
  • Cody Desmond, P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Recovery Coach, Lynn
  • Steve Lesnikoski, P.A.A.R.I. Care Advocate & Outreach Worker, Essex County
  • Margie Taylor, P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Burlington

3:15 p.m. — Spotlight on Essex County Sheriff’s Department

  • Sheriff Kevin Coppinger
  • Gary Barrett, Community Relations Coordinator
  • Darya Maslova, Assistant Director of Programs

3:45 p.m. — Closing Remarks from Chief Frederick Ryan

Wednesday, December 6

 

8:30 a.m. — Networking Breakfast

9 a.m. — Welcome from Chief Danny Langloss, P.A.A.R.I. Police Council Member, Dixon, Illinois

9:30 a.m. — Remarks from Gil Kerlikowske on criminal justice research on the opioid crisis

10 a.m. —  Remarks from Sarah Gordon Chiaramida, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans

10:15 a.m. —  How do we make an evidence-based treatment referral?

  • Dr. Alexander Walley, Boston Medical Center
  • Dr. Sarah Wakeman, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. Shorta Yuasa, Lahey Health Behavioral Services

11 a.m. — Spotlight on Plymouth County Outreach

  • Chief Scott Allen, East Bridgewater
  • Chief Michael Botieri, Plymouth
  • Lt. Richard Linehan, Brockton
  • Hillary Dubois Farquharson, Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative
  • Sarah Cloud,  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Noon — Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. —  Spotlight on Anne Arundel Safe Stations

  • Maryland State’s Attorney Wes Adams
  • Lt. Steve Thomas
  • Jennifer Corbin, Director of Crisis Response

1:15 p.m. — How do we form behavioral health partnerships?

  • Chief Tom Bashore, Nashville, North Carolina
  • Amanda Flory, Social Worker, Nashville, North Carolina
  • Chief Robert Bongiorno, Bedford
  • Alia Toran-Burrell, Clinician, Central Middlesex County

2 p.m. — Spotlight on New England HIDTA

  • David Kelley, Deputy Director
  • Bryan Volpe, Drug Intelligence Officer, Rhode Island
  • Margaret Hester, Public Health Analyst
  • James Cormier, Drug Intelligence Officer

2:30 p.m. — How do I start a program in my community?

  • Chief Tim Lentz, Covington Louisiana
  • Chief Joseph Solomon, Methuen
  • Sergeant Pat Greenhill, Berea, Ohio
  • Captain Greg Skehan, Burlington

3:45 p.m. — Closing Remarks Chief Langloss and Chief Ryan

 

Quotes:

“The hundreds of law enforcement agencies that have joined P.A.A.R.I. in the fight against addiction have made a tremendous impact and saved numerous lives,” P.A.A.R.I. Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal said. “This summit will give police leaders from communities large and small a chance to share ideas and learn from one another so that they can continue to build upon their success in the fight to end the opioid epidemic.”

“The Commonwealth of Massachusetts relies on the innovative techniques and strategies developed by our local law enforcement officials to fight against the opioid epidemic,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “We are glad the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative chose to host a summit focused on bringing the best and the brightest in law enforcement together and we look forward to the progress this group can help us make on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.”

“Law enforcement has played a critical role in responding to the nationwide opioid epidemic, and we understand that recovery happens in the community,” Chief Ryan said. “I am very encouraged by the projected turnout for the inaugural P.A.A.R.I. National Law Enforcement Summit, and I look forward to sharing our experiences and learning the best practices of my colleagues from around the nation.”

 

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P.A.A.R.I.
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. Leaders On-Hand as President Trump Declares National Public Health Emergency on Opioids

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) today stood on stage with President Donald Trump as he declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in response to the opioid epidemic that is claiming more than 175 American lives every day as a result of opioid overdose deaths.

“It is fitting that we stood to witness a major announcement from the President, as it was municipal law enforcement that declared two and a half years ago that the opioid epidemic was a public health crisis and disease that required a comprehensive national response as well as treatment not jail,” said Arlington, Massachusetts Police Chief Frederick Ryan, Chairman of the P.A.A.R.I. Police Council. “I am extraordinarily pleased that this epidemic will receive the national attention it so badly needs on all fronts from the federal government.”

Chief Ryan, along with P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and P.A.A.R.I. Partner and Olmsted Township, Ohio Police Chief Matthew Vanyo were at the White House today when President Trump made a sweeping declaration that, if adequately funded with new resources, is poised to reshape federal drug policy and save lives.

The President’s declaration falls short of declaring a national public health emergency but if followed will mobilize the federal government to directly address the opioid epidemic. The action allows for expanded access to telemedicine services, including services involving remote prescribing of medicine commonly used for substance use disorders or mental health treatment. The action also makes it easier to allocate additional desperately needed funding, support staff and hire additional recovery workers.

“The key takeaway from this new declaration is that it could remove a lot of the red tape and immediately make more money, resources, and staff available to directly address this epidemic. The President’s action supports the core mission of P.A.A.R.I.to save lives from preventable overdose deaths and expand access to long term treatment. We are proud to have been invited to the White House and hope that the president’s declaration today is followed up with adequate funding to seriously address the growing opioid crisis in America,” Hunter McDade said.

Since 2000, over 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States, outnumbering both traffic crashes and gun-related deaths.

In 2015, there were 52,404 drug overdose deaths — 33,091 of those deaths, almost two-thirds, involved the use of opioids. The opioid epidemic is getting worse every day, with drug overdose deaths in 2016 expected to exceed 64,000. This represents a rate of 175 deaths a day.

This annual number of overdose deaths exceeds the number of Americans killed during the over nine year Vietnam War.

Today’s Presidential Memorandum directs the Health and Human Services secretariat to consider opioids a public health emergency and directs all agency heads in the executive branch to exercise all appropriate emergency and other authorities to reduce the deaths and devastation caused by the opioid crisis. Agencies are expected to announce specific measures and programs in the coming days and weeks.

“The opioid epidemic is the most urgent public health and public safety issue we face today, as a country and as law enforcement, killing more than 175 Americans every single day,” said, PAARI co-founder, John Rosenthal. “The opioid epidemic has been allowed to fester for decades without appropriate federal action and it is going to take significant new funding and resources in order to distribute life-saving naloxone to every first responder and to create a national opioid addiction treatment system like exists for every other chronic disease including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The President’s declaration is a recognition of the epidemic but without major funding and specific action, nothing will help stop the mounting overdose deaths every day in every community across America”.

In August P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement members urged the federal government to declare a Public Health Emergency. Declaring a public health emergency is not only a symbolic recognition of the severity and urgency of this crisis, but also will mobilize the highest levels of the government to take immediate and effective action to deploy the resources required to save lives.

Recognizing that traditional criminal justice approaches to addiction have not been effective and that the nation cannot arrest its way out of the opioid epidemic, P.A.A.R.I. is leading a nationwide movement led by law enforcement that recognizes addiction is a chronic disease that needs long-term treatment, not arrest and jail. So far, 321 police departments from across the county have joined P.A.A.R.I. and created pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs. Together, the organization has also distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone to first responders and helped over 12,000 people into treatment across the Country. These programs save lives from preventable overdose deaths, make our communities safer, build community trust of their police, and save law enforcement and taxpayer funds.

P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement partners are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, doing everything they can to grapple with this mounting crisis. The organization is honored that P.A.A.R.I. representatives were invited to have a seat at the table to share our experiences and educate the administration and lawmakers about the success of P.A.A.R.I.’s approach to saving lives.

About P.A.A.R.I.:
The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs. P.A.A.R.I. works across sectors to provide training, coaching, and support; program models, policies and procedures, and templates; seed grants; connections to over 300 vetted treatment centers; a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies; a unified voice with media and legislators; and capacity building through AmeriCorps. P.A.A.R.I. is free to join and open to any law enforcement agency that believes in treatment over arrest and views addiction as a disease not a crime. Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has launched more than 320 law enforcement programs in 31 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone, and helped over 12,000 people into treatment.

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P.A.A.R.I. Leaders Travel to Washington D.C. for White House Event on the Nationwide Opioid Crisis http://paariusa.org/2017/10/26/p-r-leaders-travel-washington-d-c-white-house-event-nationwide-opioid-crisis/ http://paariusa.org/2017/10/26/p-r-leaders-travel-washington-d-c-white-house-event-nationwide-opioid-crisis/#respond Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:46:28 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4031 P.A.A.R.I. leaders will attend a White House event Thursday on the nationwide opioid crisis.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. Leaders Travel to Washington D.C. for White House Event on the Nationwide Opioid Crisis

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. leaders will attend a White House event Thursday afternoon on the nationwide opioid crisis. Chief Frederick Ryan (Arlington, Massachusetts Police Department), Chief Matthew Vanyo (Olmsted Township, Ohio Police Department) and Allie Hunter McDade, P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director will join the President and First Lady, cabinet members, members of congress, heads of government agencies, and leaders from around the county to represent for what may be a historic moment in the administration’s response to the nationwide opioid epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic is the most urgent public health and public safety issue we face today, as a country and as law enforcement, killing more than 175 Americans every single day,” Hunter McDade said. “Together, we have put 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone into the hands of first responders and helped over 12,000 people into treatment. These programs make our communities safer, prevent overdose deaths, build community trust of their police, and save law enforcement and taxpayer funds.”

In August P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement members urged the federal government to declare a Public Health Emergency. Declaring a public health emergency is not only a symbolic recognition of the severity and urgency of this crisis, but also will mobilize the highest levels of the government to take immediate and effective action to deploy the resources required to save lives.

“We are hopeful that a declaration of a public health emergency also includes plans for the federal government to stock and deploy massive quantities of 4mg nasal naloxone and make effective treatments for opioid addiction, such as medication-assisted treatment, more available and affordable,” Hunter McDade said.

Recognizing that traditional criminal justice approaches to addiction have not been effective and that the nation cannot arrest its way out of the opioid epidemic, P.A.A.R.I. is leading a nationwide movement led by law enforcement that recognizes addiction is a chronic disease that needs long-term treatment, not arrest and jail. So far, 321 police departments from across the county have joined P.A.A.R.I. and created pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs.

Chief Ryan, Chief Vanyo, and Hunter McDade are steadfast in their dedication to supporting people with substance use disorders and amplifying the unified voice of law enforcement in a nonpartisan effort to save lives in light of the mounting opioid epidemic.

P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement partners are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, doing everything they can to grapple with this mounting crisis.  The organization is honored that P.A.A.R.I. representatives were invited to have a seat at the table to share our experiences and educate the administration and lawmakers about the success of P.A.A.R.I.’s approach to saving lives.

“We look forward to attending this afternoon’s event and learning more about how the President will honor his pledge to fight this epidemic and give people struggling with addiction access to the help they need,” Hunter McDade said

About P.A.A.R.I.:

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs. P.A.A.R.I. works across sectors to provide training, coaching, and support; program models, policies and procedures, and templates; seed grants; connections to over 300 vetted treatment centers; a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies; a unified voice with media and legislators; and capacity building through AmeriCorps. P.A.A.R.I. is free to join and open to any law enforcement agency that believes in treatment over arrest and views addiction as a disease not a crime. Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has launched more than 320 law enforcement programs in 31 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone, and helped over 12,000 people into treatment.

 

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P.A.A.R.I. Announces the Launch of AmeriCorps Program http://paariusa.org/2017/10/25/p-r-announces-launch-americorps-program/ http://paariusa.org/2017/10/25/p-r-announces-launch-americorps-program/#comments Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:49:13 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4025 P.A.A.R.I. John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman 186 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930 For Immediate Release Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 Media Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net P.A.A.R.I. Announces the Launch of AmeriCorps Program P.A.A.R.I. Introduces AmeriCorps Program Members GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), […]

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. Announces the Launch of AmeriCorps Program

P.A.A.R.I. Introduces AmeriCorps Program Members

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind project in partnership with AmeriCorps.

P.A.A.R.I. has received a three-year grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch a groundbreaking program that will place 25 AmeriCorps members into service at host police department sites across Massachusetts, assisting with municipal police-led addiction and recovery programs in light of the growing opioid epidemic. This innovative statewide program will build the capacity of law enforcement programs, prevent overdose deaths, provide vital resources to community members with substance use disorders.

“P.A.A.R.I.’s mission is to provide resources to help law enforcement agencies combat the opioid epidemic, and this revolutionary program will add significant capacity to our partners and utilize service as a solution to address critical community needs,” said Hunter McDade said. “We are thrilled to announce our host site partners and introduce the AmeriCorps members who will work alongside them for the inaugural year of the program.”

Added Massachusetts Service Alliance CEO Emily Haber: “MSA is proud to partner with PAARI and our law enforcement across the state to provide much needed capacity around the opioid epidemic. This program model reflects what AmeriCorps was set out to do when established 23 years ago – to train, empower and set forth individuals who want to solve problems and make our communities healthier and stronger. We feel strongly that this investment in AmeriCorps will play an important part in the overall response and recovery effort addressing the devastating substance abuse crisis in Massachusetts.”

P.A.A.R.I. is proud to welcome the inaugural class of 2017-18 P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Members, a cohort of committed and inspiring individuals looking to make a positive difference in their communities. Click here to meet the first ten AmeriCorps Members selected and see where they will be serving.

P.A.A.R.I. is accepting applications on a rolling basis for the remaining 15 AmeriCorps positions. Part-time and full-time positions are available at several police departments across Eastern Massachusetts. More information can be found here.

“We are excited about the opportunity of adding additional resources in the form of a Recovery Coach to assist us on the streets and for folks to be able to drop in to Everett PD to start the process,” said Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie. “We know people need assistance with drug addiction and hope that they can start their recovery with our help.”

The Lynn Police Department has also added a P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps program member. Lynn has reported 381 overdoses so far in 2017, with 50 fatalities. Lynn had 444 overdoses in 2016 and 50 total fatalities.

“The Lynn Police Department welcomes the addition of the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Program to our ongoing efforts to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction,” added Lynn Police Chief Michael A. Mageary. “The two P.A.A.R.I. provided recovery coaches will join our substance abuse clinician and jail diversion clinician, who currently make up our Behavioral Health Unit, and make us better able to connect with those who are at high risk of fatally overdosing.”

The Northwest Middlesex Community Outreach Initiative Network (C.O.I.N.), a network of 10 police departments, has also received a grant to add an AmeriCorps member.

“We’re happy to have received one of the AmeriCorps grants to bring in a full-time person who can further the work we’re already doing surrounding substance abuse and mental health,” said Pepperell Police Chief David Scott, a C.O.I.N. member. “We encourage anyone who has an interest in these fields to apply.”

 

From P.A.A.R.I.’s New AmeriCorps Members:

“I’ve been in recovery since January 1, 2005, and I joined the P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps team as way to give back to the community and hopefully bring hope that there is help for families and loved ones suffering with substance use disorders,” said Shawn Salisbury, AmeriCorps Member serving as a Recovery Coach at East Bridgewater Police Department.

“This program is unique because it embodies the changing dialogue around addiction and ways to combat the opioid epidemic. The way forward must be collaborative across different sectors. The PAARI-AmeriCorps program provides a unique opportunity to support those struggling with the disease of addiction by facilitating referrals to treatment and other resources they need to make changes in their lives. I am honored and excited to be a part of this initiative,” said Jackie Tayabji, AmeriCorps Member serving as a Recovery Coach at Burlington Police Department.

“I joined the P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps program because it is an amazing program which is all about getting on the front lines of this opioid epidemic and meeting the people who are struggling right where they are at. It’s an honor to not only work with police to break the stigma of substance use disorder, but also allow the community to see that police care deeply about the communities they serve,” said Kurt Gerold, P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Member serving as a Recovery Coach at Hingham, Hull, Norwell, and Cohasset Police Departments.

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Police Departments served by the P.A.A.R.I. AmeriCorps Program include:

Lynn Police Department, Brockton Police Department, Northeastern University Police Department, New Bedford Police Headquarters, Methuen Police Department, Everett Police Department, Somerville Police Department, East Bridgewater Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Hingham Police Department, Hull Police Department, Norwell Police Department, Pepperell Police Department, Ashby Police Department, Ayer Police Department, Boxboro Police Department, Dunstable Police Department, Groton Police Department, Littleton Police Department, Shirley Police Department, Townsend Police Department, Westford Police Department, Bridgewater State University Police Department, Duxbury Police Department, Carver Police Department, Hanover Police Department, Kingston Police Department, Pembroke Town Police Department, Plympton Police Department, Middleboro Police Department, Rochester Police Department, Wareham Police Department, Marshfield Police Department, Lakeville Police Department, Marion Police Department, Mattapoisett Police Department, Scituate Police Department, Halifax Police Department, West Bridgewater Police Department, Abington Police Department, Hanson Police Department, Whitman Police Department, and Rockland Police Department.

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a civil society program that engages adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofit community organizations and public agencies to fulfill assignments in the fields of education, public safety, healthcare, and environmental protection. There are more than 75,000 Americans in service each year.

About P.A.A.R.I.:

The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to help law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create immediate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs. P.A.A.R.I. works across sectors to provide training, coaching, and support; program models, policies and procedures, and templates; seed grants; connections to over 300 vetted treatment centers; a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies; a unified voice with media and legislators; and capacity building through AmeriCorps. P.A.A.R.I. is free to join and open to any law enforcement agency that believes in treatment over arrest and views addiction as a disease not a crime. Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has launched more than 320 law enforcement programs in 31 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone, and helped over 12,000 people into treatment.

 

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P.A.A.R.I. to Host Inaugural National Law Enforcement Summit http://paariusa.org/2017/10/16/p-r-host-inaugural-national-law-enforcement-summit/ http://paariusa.org/2017/10/16/p-r-host-inaugural-national-law-enforcement-summit/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:03:27 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3957 P.A.A.R.I. is pleased to announce it will hold its inaugural National Law Enforcement Summit this December.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. to Host Inaugural National Law Enforcement Summit

GLOUCESTER — The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) is pleased to announce it will hold its inaugural National Law Enforcement Summit this December.

This groundbreaking event will connect law enforcement leaders who currently run, or would like to learn more about how to launch, a police-led access to addiction treatment program that helps prevent overdose deaths and steer people suffering with substance use disorders into recovery.

The P.A.A.R.I. Summit, which will be held Dec. 5-6 at the Boston University School of Medicine, will offer a first-of-its-kind look at how law enforcement agencies have successfully provided access to addiction treatment through a renewed approach to the opioid epidemic.

“Our partners have committed to taking an innovative and impactful approach to this nationwide epidemic, and we’re eager to share and discuss our law enforcement based access to treatment programs directly with more law enforcement leaders across the Country,” Arlington Police Chief and P.A.A.R.I. Police Council Chairman Frederick Ryan said. “Our over 320 PAARI law enforcement partner agencies in 31 states have seen tremendous success by providing desperately needed access to opioid addiction treatment, and we’re looking forward to sharing best practices and expanding these life-saving programs through this summit.”

While P.A.A.R.I. law enforcement members are strongly encouraged to attend, registration is now active and open to all members of law enforcement and their guests. Click here to learn more about the event and sign up.

“In just two years, P.A.A.R.I. has completely altered the dialogue on law enforcement’s role in addressing opioid addiction in America,” former White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director and P.A.A.R.I. Board of Directors member Gil Kerlikowske said. “The National Law Enforcement Summit gives us an opportunity to amplify and add more voices and stakeholders to that conversation, while empowering our police colleagues nationwide to join P.A.A.R.I. and provide police based access to treatment initiatives in their communities.”

P.A.A.R.I. also wishes to thank the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and the Boston University School of Public Health for their ongoing support and sponsorship of the National Law Enforcement Summit. Others interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to contact P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade at allie@paariusa.org.

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P.A.A.R.I. Highlighted In Police Executive Research Forum Report on the Opioid Epidemic http://paariusa.org/2017/10/05/p-r-highlighted-police-executive-research-forum-report-opioid-epidemic/ http://paariusa.org/2017/10/05/p-r-highlighted-police-executive-research-forum-report-opioid-epidemic/#respond Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:54:53 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3927 PAARI partners, the Arlington, Plymouth and East Bridgewater Police Depts., featured in the Police Executive Research Forum’s report on the opioid epidemic.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

P.A.A.R.I. Highlighted In Police Executive Research Forum Report on the Opioid Epidemic

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, co-founder and chairman of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade announce that P.A.A.R.I. and several of its law enforcement partners — the Arlington, Plymouth and East Bridgewater Police Departments — are featured in the Police Executive Research Forum’s report on the opioid epidemic.

The report, titled “The Unprecedented Opioid Epidemic: As Overdoses Become a Leading Cause of Death, Police, Sheriffs, and Health Agencies Must Step Up Their Response” delves into what the United States’ response must be as opioid related deaths continue to plague the nation. Findings in the report are a product of PERF’s April 6 conference at the New York City Police Department Headquarters building in Manhattan, where more than 150 officials convened.

“No one is born hoping to die with a needle in their arm,” Rosenthal said in the report. “This is a chronic disease without a cure, like heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. We have to treat this chronic disease like every other chronic disease.”

As part of PERF’s report, it highlighted 10 steps that all law enforcement agencies should follow to address the opioid epidemic. These steps, which include recommendations like equipping officers with Narcan, helping those struggling with addiction into treatment and forming community partnerships, are core values and actions taken by P.A.A.R.I. its members police and sheriff departments.

In Plymouth County PERF spoke with East Bridgewater Police Chief Scott Allen, who shared how he and Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri are collaborating with the 27 chiefs in the county to decrease overdoses and help those struggling get into recovery.

“We’re actually sharing within law enforcement, the names of overdose victims, all the information, and the particulars for the sole purpose of ensuring that they are offered treatment resources and help if they don’t accept treatment upon transport to a local hospital,” Chief Allen said in the PERF report. “If someone from my community overdoses in Chief Botieri’s community, they get an alert, so that a victim of an overdose occurring in another town does not go unnoticed.”

EB HOPE, a local coalition, in collaboration with EB Police created a Drop In Center where community members can come to obtain a wide range of services and often times speak with treatment center representatives from around the region. Within 12-24 hours of a nonfatal overdose in Plymouth, police and a health clinician go to the home of the victim to check in and offer recovery services.

Over in Arlington, Police Chief Frederick Ryan told PERF that one of the key components of tackling the opioid epidemic for the Arlington Police Department has been recognizing that the greatest risk of a fatal overdose comes from those who have previously overdosed. Arlington Police have directed resources, including a substance abuse health clinician, within the community to target those who have overdosed to prevent recurrence and to assist those people with recovery efforts.

“On heroin, for a while we had some information but we didn’t realize what we know,” Chief Ryan explained in the report. “We had the names of the people at the highest risk of fatally overdosing, right in our database…that was the population of people we targeted with an outreach coordinator.”

Prior to joining P.A.A.R.I. in 2015, Arlington was experiencing about one fatal overdose per month, but in 2017, as of early April, they’ve had zero.

Hunter McDade highlighted in the PERF report that police departments are in a unique position to help those struggling with the disease of addiction by targeting people before they enter the criminal justice system, in turn, preventing recidivism.

“With the complex disease of addiction and a health care system that is so difficult to navigate, these programs make it easier for people to access the care they need and deserve,” Hunter McDade told PERF. “These programs save lives, reduce crime, save money, and build trust between police and community members.”

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