PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:05:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 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 Covington, Louisiana Reports Crime Down 22 Percent http://paariusa.org/2018/01/09/covington-louisiana-reports-crime-22-percent/ http://paariusa.org/2018/01/09/covington-louisiana-reports-crime-22-percent/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:05:09 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4282 From Covington, La. Police: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, January 05, 2018   Covington Crime Stats for 2017 Released, Overall Crime Rate Down 22%   Chief Tim Lentz has released the 2017 crime statistics for the City of Covington, showing a 22% reduction in the overall crime rate based on FBI Part I reported offenses. In […]

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From Covington, La. Police:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 05, 2018

 

Covington Crime Stats for 2017 Released, Overall Crime Rate Down 22%

 

Chief Tim Lentz has released the 2017 crime statistics for the City of Covington, showing a 22% reduction in the overall crime rate based on FBI Part I reported offenses.

In 2017, the Covington Police Department continued its strategy of reducing crime through a community-oriented policing philosophy. This philosophy focuses on strengthening relationships with our community through outreach programs, day-to-day interactions with the public and our youth.

In 2016, the Covington Police Department responded to 440 crimes meeting the criteria for FBI Part I Uniform Crime Reports. Through the hard work of the officers who serve our community and their dedication to our philosophy of community policing, that number fell to an astonishing 345 reportable crimes last year.

Mayor Cooper states, “I commend Chief Lentz and the dedicated members of the Covington Police Department for their hard work and dedication to the safety and service of our community.”

Drug abuse has continued to be an epidemic that affects our entire nation. In March of 2016, Chief Lentz led an effort for the creation of Operation Angel, a program designed to combat drug addiction. Through this program, anyone seeking help for drug addiction can walk into any police station in St. Tammany Parish and be admitted into a treatment program. In 2017, the first full year that Operation Angel was in effect, more than 50 people took advantage of the program through the Covington Police Department alone.

As with previous years, traffic crashes continue to be the most common call for service. In 2016, the Covington Police Department responded to 667 crashes, with 70 of those resulting in injuries. Last year, in addition to the crime rate, the number of crashes fell to 627, with 70 of those resulting in injuries.

The Covington Police Department has continued working toward increased driver awareness, through programs such as the “I Got Caught” t-shirt campaign and mock DWI crashes at local schools.

The FBI Part I reported crimes are shown below, including a comparison of previous years.

Category 2015 2016 2017
Murder 0 1 1
Rape 0 2 1
Robbery 4 3 1
Aggravated Assault 23 40 25
Assault 114 87 78
Burglary 38 23 27
Theft 318 278 204
Vehicle Theft 13 6 8
Total UCR Crimes 510 440 345

Media contact:  Chief Tim Lentz- 985.768.1205 tlentz@covla.com or

Officer Trey Mahon- 985.966.9131 tmahon@covla.com

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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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PAARI Project with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Launches Today http://paariusa.org/2017/11/21/paari-partnership-project-essex-county-sheriffs-department-launches-today/ http://paariusa.org/2017/11/21/paari-partnership-project-essex-county-sheriffs-department-launches-today/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:03:45 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4122 Today marks the launch of our Recovery Coach program with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.  The risk of opioid overdose death following incarceration is 56 times higher than for the general public and the first month is someone is released is when they are most at risk for fatal overdose. Contributing factors are social isolation […]

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Today marks the launch of our Recovery Coach program with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. 

The risk of opioid overdose death following incarceration is 56 times higher than for the general public and the first month is someone is released is when they are most at risk for fatal overdose. Contributing factors are social isolation that may cause someone to use alone, lowered tolerance due to a period of abstinence, and the higher strength and variation in content of available drugs as compared to available drugs before incarceration.

Starting today, we will have two PAARI Recovery Coaches embedded at the Essex County Correctional Facility and the Essex County Pre-Release and Re-Entry Centers. 

Victoria Kiarsis and Steve Lesnikoski, PAARI Staff Members and Recovery Coaches, will be a vital asset to provide support to individuals with substance use disorders, especially as they re-enter the community after incarceration.

We are grateful to Sheriff Coppinger and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department for their commitment to this issue and to the Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation for providing the financial support to launch this vital and life-saving program.

Read the original partnership program announcement here.

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One of P.A.A.R.I.’s law enforcement partners, the Berea Police Department in Ohio, was featured in an article earlier this year for the great work they do to help people get into treatment programs. Patrolman Dave Kammerman is one of the officers assisting people through the department’s Safe Passages program and says that it has changed his outlook on life and is the best thing he has ever done as a police officer.
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P.A.A.R.I.’s Steve Lesnikoski Featured in Globe Profile http://paariusa.org/2017/11/07/p-r-s-steve-lesnikoski-featured-globe-profile/ http://paariusa.org/2017/11/07/p-r-s-steve-lesnikoski-featured-globe-profile/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:46:45 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4059 So proud to share this Boston Globe profile on our very own Steve Lesnikoski. Steve was the first participant of the Gloucester Police Department just over two years ago. Now he's working at P.A.A.R.I. and using his inspiring story to help people struggling with addiction.

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P.A.A.R.I. is proud to share this Boston Globe profile on our very own Steve Lesnikoski. Steve was the first participant of the Gloucester Police Department just over two years ago. Now he’s working at P.A.A.R.I. and using his inspiring story to help people struggling with addiction.

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P.A.A.R.I. Leaders On-Hand as President Trump Declares National Public Health Emergency on Opioids http://paariusa.org/2017/10/26/p-r-leaders-hand-president-trump-declares-national-public-health-emergency-opioids/ http://paariusa.org/2017/10/26/p-r-leaders-hand-president-trump-declares-national-public-health-emergency-opioids/#respond Thu, 26 Oct 2017 18:32:51 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4036 Leaders of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative stood on stage with President Donald Trump as he declared opioids a Public Health Emergency

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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 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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