PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i0.wp.com/paariusa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/46/2015/06/PAARI_Logo_PUB_052815-02-11-5570acc8v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 PAARI http://paariusa.org 32 32 93051737 Five P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Coaches Join Boston Police Department through AmeriCorps Program http://paariusa.org/2018/06/11/five-p-a-a-r-i-recovery-coaches-join-boston-police-department-through-americorps-program/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/11/five-p-a-a-r-i-recovery-coaches-join-boston-police-department-through-americorps-program/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:04:13 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4671 GLOUCESTER -- Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade is pleased to announce that five Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) recovery coaches have been sworn in as AmeriCorps members to contribute to the Boston Police Department's addiction and recovery efforts.

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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

Monday, June 11, 2018

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

Five P.A.A.R.I. Recovery Coaches Join Boston Police Department through AmeriCorps Program

GLOUCESTER — Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade is pleased to announce that five Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) recovery coaches have been sworn in as AmeriCorps members to contribute to the Boston Police Department’s addiction and recovery efforts.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh held an official swearing in of P.A.A.R.I.’s Anita Cunha, Steve Jutras, Tyshaun Perryman, Ursel Hughes and Cheryl Molloy-Emerson as part of the 86th annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors on Sunday, June 10. The ceremony marked Mayor Walsh’s first time swearing in a group of AmeriCorps members.

“I’m grateful for the P.A.A.R.I. recovery coaches, who will work closely with our police officers, to fight the opioid epidemic by enhancing direct outreach and getting more people into treatment and on the road to recovery,” Mayor Walsh said. “All of us have a role to play in addressing the opioid epidemic, and as our first responders are on the front lines of answering the call for help, it’s our responsibility to ensure they are equipped with the tools and resources to best support those in need of care. This partnership with P.A.A.R.I. and AmeriCorps will strengthen our work as we continue to implement solutions that will make a real difference.”

During the meeting, where mayors from around the country were in attendance, the P.A.A.R.I.-AmeriCorps program was highlighted as a best practice. The program places members into service at host police department sites across Massachusetts to assist with municipal police-led addiction and recovery programs in direct response to the growing opioid epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic is the most pressing public health and public safety issue affecting our communities, with an estimated 174 fatal overdoses every single day,” Hunter McDade said during the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “So both at the local and federal level, there is an emphasis on leveraging national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, to address it.”

P.A.A.R.I. currently has a team of 22 members who are serving 53 communities across Massachusetts where they help build the capacity of law enforcement programs, prevent overdose deaths, and provide vital resources to community members with substance use disorders and their loved ones. Since October 2017, the team of P.A.A.R.I-AmeriCorps members have provided support to 3,057 unique individuals affected by a substance use disorder.

P.A.A.R.I. Co-founder John Rosenthal, who attended the ceremony and meeting, stressed the importance of communities implementing a pre-arrest program to assist those struggling with addiction while also working with volunteer organizations like AmeriCorps to provide related services to those in need.

“Thank you Mayor Marty Walsh for making the opioid epidemic a priority and for demonstrating your commitment by highlighting our partnership today,” Rosenthal said Sunday.

With the Boston Police Department, P.A.A.R.I.’s five recovery coaches will:

  • Assist individuals struggling with substance use disorders as they make referrals to treatment, navigate and remove barriers to recovery support services, and provide hope, optimism and encouragement.
  • Connect community members with substance use disorders, or those who have loved ones struggling with addiction, to recovery services.
  • Work across city agencies — like the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, Boston public libraries and the Boston Public Health Commission — as well as treatment providers, hospitals, neighborhood associations and organizations providing related services to assist those affected by opioid addiction.
  • Travel to neighborhoods where residents have less access to recovery services. All of the recovery coaches are personally in recovery and have direct experience navigating local treatment and recovery supports.

“We are so proud to partner with P.A.A.R.I. on this innovative, groundbreaking AmeriCorps program,” said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, which provides funding to the project. “P.A.A.R.I.-AmeriCorps is a strong model for engaging the power of national service to address the devastating opioid crisis in Massachusetts and across the nation.”

The five P.A.A.R.I AmeriCorps members join more than 1,200 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members combating the opioid epidemic in more than 150 communities across 45 states. This is thanks to support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees these national service programs.

 

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P.A.A.R.I. and Partners Featured in Politico Magazine http://paariusa.org/2018/06/07/p-a-a-r-i-and-partners-featured-in-politico-magazine/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/07/p-a-a-r-i-and-partners-featured-in-politico-magazine/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:41:50 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4655 P.A.A.R.I. and some of its partners, as well as Co-Chairmen John Rosenthal and Frederick Ryan, were recently featured in Politico Magazine for their work reinventing law enforcement’s role in responding to the nationwide opioid crisis. Thanks to @PaariUSA and many others, police are connecting people with #opioid addiction to treatment. https://t.co/hSKPl9yL84 — ONDCP (@ONDCP) June […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Arlington Police Chief Co-Authors National “10 Standards of Care” for Police Responding to Opioid Crisis http://paariusa.org/2018/06/04/arlington-police-chief-co-authors-national-10-standards-of-care-for-police-responding-to-opioid-crisis/ http://paariusa.org/2018/06/04/arlington-police-chief-co-authors-national-10-standards-of-care-for-police-responding-to-opioid-crisis/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:23:09 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4651 ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan is proud to announce the release of a groundbreaking document aimed at guiding the actions and policies of police departments nationwide that are scrambling to respond to the opioid crisis. The work comes after a historic gathering of municipal police chiefs, policymakers and academic leaders from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg […]

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ARLINGTON — Police Chief Frederick Ryan is proud to announce the release of a groundbreaking document aimed at guiding the actions and policies of police departments nationwide that are scrambling to respond to the opioid crisis. The work comes after a historic gathering of municipal police chiefs, policymakers and academic leaders from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Now, the proven strategies employed by the nationally-modeled Arlington Outreach Initiative are being melded with efforts in Vermont and West Virginia in a Johns Hopkins publication entitled “Ten Standards of Care: Policing and The Opioid Crisis.”

In the publication, Chief Ryan, along with Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon Del Pozo, Morgantown, West Virginia Police Chief Edward Preston argue for a significant shift in the approach taken by municipal police departments.

“Law enforcement officers are on the front lines of addressing this nationwide crisis. They are often the first to arrive on the scene of an overdose. They encounter and respond to the consequences of addiction every day. They see the toll the crisis is taking on communities, and they have a critical role to play in influencing how communities address it,” said the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg American Health Initiative in a statement accompanying the document’s release Thursday.

For Chief Ryan, who has testified before Congress and has sat around the table with the past two presidential administrations and the U.S. Surgeon General, the “Ten Standards of Care” lends national academic credence to an evolving set of policies  that police departments have rapidly begun to employ. These procedures have become all the more important in recent years, as overdoses now exceed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

“The opioid epidemic, especially with the dramatic and unprecedented rise in synthetic drugs like Fentanyl, represents one of the most significant public health emergencies in a generation. This cannot be solved by arresting and incarcerating more people. As police officers, we are often the first on scene and are being called upon to do something as more and more Americans die every day,” Chief Ryan said. “We did not ask for this responsibility, and we must open our minds to new, research-backed methods. The opioid crisis is, itself, the evolution of a longstanding drug addiction and mental health problem in our society, and those of us in the law enforcement community must evolve our methods to tackle it.”

In addition to the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative and other municipal programs, the document recognizes The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) as a promising approach that has been adapted by hundreds of police departments across the country. Chief Ryan is a founding member and co-chairman of P.A.A.R.I., and he chairs its Police Council. 

The “Ten Standards of Care” was co-authored by the chiefs and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Former Office of National Drug Control Policy Directors Gil Kerlikowske and Michael Botticelli, and six members of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It is the product of a historic meeting of chiefs, veteran policymakers and academic leaders on May 3-4 at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) headquarters in Washington, D.C. The document contains consensus best practices for police departments responding to the opioid crisis.

Working together, the group developed these 10 standards of care to serve as a guide for police departments and other law enforcement agencies trying to grapple with this crisis. They are:

1. Focus on overdose deaths. Just as homicide is the leading indicator for violence, the standard of care for police departments should be to work with public health agencies toward the goal of reducing overdose deaths. This can be done by using data-driven approaches and rigorous research to drive strategies and measure effectiveness.

2. Use naloxone. Nasal Narcan saves thousands of lives each year. To reverse otherwise fatal overdoses, the standard of care for departments should be to equip and train officers in the use of naloxone.

3. Educate on addiction and stigma. As respected and influential voices in their communities, police and health departments should work together to support training and public education on addiction to dispel the stigma on people with substance use disorders. Within police departments, the standard of care should be for this training to be part of the naloxone program.

4. Refer to treatment. To save lives from overdose, address opioid addiction and reduce recidivism, the standard of care should be for departments to equip, train and recognize officers for helping people in need access effective treatment that offers all three FDA-approved medications.

5. Advocate for “on demand” treatment access. To save lives from overdose, address opioid addiction and reduce recidivism, the standard of care should be for departments to advocate for “on-demand” access to addiction treatment that offers all three FDA-approved medications.

6. Advocate for treatment for those who are incarcerated or under community supervision. To save lives from overdose, address opioid addiction and reduce recidivism, the standard of care should be for departments to advocate for access to effective treatment that offers all three FDA-approved medications for individuals in jail, in prison and under community supervision with the appropriate transition to continuing care.

7. Prevent outbreaks. To reduce HIV and hepatitis outbreaks, protect officer health and help individuals reach treatment, the standard of care should be for departments to collaborate with public health and community-based agencies to support well-managed syringe service programs.

8. Consider fentanyl detection. To prevent death due to fentanyl and its analogues, the standard of care should be for departments to explore efforts with public health and community partners to help individuals detect the presence of fentanyl in their drugs.

9. Explore innovation. The standard of care should be for departments to explore, with their public health, law enforcement and community partners, the evidence on the efficacy of supervised consumption spaces to connect people to treatment and reduce overdoses.

10. Support Good Samaritan laws. To facilitate an effective and broad response to the opioid epidemic, the standard of care should be for departments to work to make sure that Good Samaritan laws are understood and implemented consistent with the spirit and intent of the legislation.

Click here to download the document in LONG or SHORT form.

About the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative:

In July 2015, Chief Frederick Ryan and the Arlington Police Department outlined a new strategy for police officers to get directly involved in the demand side of the heroin and opiate crisis by working with a public health clinician to conduct direct outreach to the known substance user community and their families, friends and caregivers. This program is called the Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative. Read more here and here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets can be purchased here.

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P.A.A.R.I. Partner La Porte County’s Detox Now Program Featured on WSBT http://paariusa.org/2018/05/16/p-a-a-r-i-partner-la-porte-countys-detox-now-program-featured-on-wsbt/ http://paariusa.org/2018/05/16/p-a-a-r-i-partner-la-porte-countys-detox-now-program-featured-on-wsbt/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 15:15:55 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4594 P.A.A.R.I.’s partner agency in La Porte County, Indiana was recently featured on WSBT, a CBS television affiliate, for their Detox Now program. The program is modeled after the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative. To view the news clip, click here.  

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P.A.A.R.I.’s partner agency in La Porte County, Indiana was recently featured on WSBT, a CBS television affiliate, for their Detox Now program. The program is modeled after the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative. To view the news clip, click here.

 

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P.A.A.R.I. to Partner with Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office on Opioid Outreach Initiative http://paariusa.org/2018/05/16/p-a-a-r-i-to-partner-with-pennsylvania-attorney-generals-office-on-opioid-outreach-initiative/ http://paariusa.org/2018/05/16/p-a-a-r-i-to-partner-with-pennsylvania-attorney-generals-office-on-opioid-outreach-initiative/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 14:48:01 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4592 P.A.A.R.I. is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office to roll out an opioid outreach initiative. For more information about the program, read the article featured in States Top Leading News by clicking here.    

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P.A.A.R.I. is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office to roll out an opioid outreach initiative. For more information about the program, read the article featured in States Top Leading News by clicking here.

 

 

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

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

Click here to read the full article.

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Photos: Seattle Police Department Announces Donation from P.A.A.R.I. at Press Conference http://paariusa.org/2018/04/10/photos-seattle-police-department-announces-donation-from-p-a-a-r-i-at-press-conference/ http://paariusa.org/2018/04/10/photos-seattle-police-department-announces-donation-from-p-a-a-r-i-at-press-conference/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:38:40 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4529 On Thursday, April 5, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Board Member Gil Kerlikowske joined the Seattle Police Department to announce that it received a donation from P.A.A.R.I. to expand its lifesaving nasal naloxone program.

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On Thursday, April 5, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Board Member Gil Kerlikowske joined the Seattle Police Department to announce that it received a donation from P.A.A.R.I. to expand its lifesaving nasal naloxone program.

Several media outlets covered the event:

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

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

Monday, April 9, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Video: P.A.A.R.I. Makes Donation to Seattle Police Department’s Nasal Naloxone Program http://paariusa.org/2018/04/05/video-p-a-a-r-i-makes-donation-to-seattle-police-departments-nasal-naloxone-program/ http://paariusa.org/2018/04/05/video-p-a-a-r-i-makes-donation-to-seattle-police-departments-nasal-naloxone-program/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:20:38 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=4520 Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Board Member Gil Kerlikowske were on hand today as the Seattle Police Department announced it had received a donation from P.A.A.R.I. to expand its lifesaving nasal naloxone program. 

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Seattle — Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade and Board Member Gil Kerlikowske were on hand today as the Seattle Police Department announced it had received a donation from P.A.A.R.I. to expand its lifesaving nasal naloxone program.

Here’s video of the press conference announcing the partnership:

 

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