PAARI http://paariusa.org The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i0.wp.com/paariusa.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/46/2015/06/PAARI_Logo_PUB_052815-02-11-5570acc8v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32 PAARI http://paariusa.org 32 32 93051737 P.A.A.R.I. Brings on Former Gloucester Angel Participant as New Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator http://paariusa.org/2017/09/21/p-r-brings-former-gloucester-angel-participant-new-care-advocate-outreach-coordinator/ http://paariusa.org/2017/09/21/p-r-brings-former-gloucester-angel-participant-new-care-advocate-outreach-coordinator/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:53:24 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3903 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 that Steve Lesnikoski -- the first person to go through the Gloucester Angel Initiative -- is P.A.A.R.I.’s new Care Advocate and

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. Brings on Former Gloucester Angel Participant as New Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator

Steve Lesnikoski is P.A.A.R.I.’s new Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator. (Courtesy Photo Wayne E. Chinnock Photography)

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 that Steve Lesnikoski — the first person to go through the Gloucester Angel Initiative — is P.A.A.R.I.’s new Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator.

Lesnikoski stepped into his new role on Sept. 11. His position is made possible through P.A.A.R.I.’s two-year project funded by a grant from the Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation.

“Steve’s journey, first with the Gloucester Angel Program and then P.A.A.R.I., has really brought him full circle,” Rosenthal said. “We hope every participant who has gone through an opioid recovery program can be as successful as Steve has been. We’re pleased to have him working full-time with P.A.A.R.I. assisting others like him who are trying to overcome substance abuse disorders.”

The partnership with the Lutz Foundation enables P.A.A.R.I. to collaborate with additional police departments in Essex County while expanding its staff to assist these agencies, a​s well as ​​individuals seeking treatment.

As a Care Advocate and Outreach Coordinator, Lesnikoski will work with law enforcement agencies to prevent opioid overdose deaths, engage more residents in effective treatment and recovery from substance use disorders, and improve coordination among hospitals, police and communities. His focus will be centered on police departments in the Beverly Hospital service area.

Lesnikoski previously worked at Eliot Community Human Services in Lynn, where he was a Peer Specialist in the Emergency Services Program. His role included assisting and providing aftercare follow up on post-overdose calls through Eliot’s Jail Diversion Program located in the Lynn Police Department.

In 2015, Lesnikoski reached out to the Gloucester Police Department, following the launch of its Angel Program, seeking help recovering from his opioid addiction. Since then, he has remained committed to assisting others through his work with P.A.A.R.I., first as a volunteer and then as an intern.

In March, Lesnikoski joined P.A.A.R.I. members in Washington to participate in the Senate Round Table to discuss steps leaders can take to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. Most recently, Lesnikoski joined Hunter McDade in Ohio to speak at a law enforcement-led rally on opioids.

“Over the last year, Steve has provided invaluable insight to P.A.A.R.I. and has positively impacted the lives of so many with his inspiring story,” Hunter McDade said. “We’re so pleased and thankful to be working with the Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation so that we can increase Steve’s presence and impact in Essex County.”

Lesnikoski is currently attending North Shore Community College, where he’s working to obtain an associate’s degree in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. He has been sober for more than two years.

To contact Lesnikoski, email him at steve@paariusa.org or call him at (888) 9-PAARI-9 ex. 705.

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Boston Metro Reports on Success of Gloucester ANGEL Program http://paariusa.org/2016/12/23/boston-metro-reports-success-gloucester-angel-program/ http://paariusa.org/2016/12/23/boston-metro-reports-success-gloucester-angel-program/#respond Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:12:58 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3066 The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) and Gloucester ANGEL Initiative were recently featured in Boston Metro after the program was recently reviewed by the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, spearheaded by researchers from Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Public Health, concluded that police-led placement programs greatly outweighed other methods of addiction treatment and placement.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016

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

Boston Metro Reports on Success of Gloucester ANGEL Program

The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) and Gloucester ANGEL Initiative were recently featured in Boston Metro after the program was recently reviewed by the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, spearheaded by researchers from Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Public Health, concluded that police-led placement programs greatly outweighed other methods of addiction treatment and placement.

Read the article here.

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

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 27, 2016

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

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

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

WHDH’s Cheryl Fiandaca to Emcee the Event

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

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

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

WHEN:

Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Gloucester House, 63 Rogers St.

WHO:

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

WHAT:

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

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

WHDH’s Cheryl Fiandaca will emcee the event. 

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

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

About P.A.A.R.I.

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

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

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

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*Media Advisory* Gloucester’s Newest Restaurant Tonno Holding Soft Opening to Benefit P.A.A.R.I. http://paariusa.org/2016/06/10/media-advisory-gloucesters-newest-restaurant-tonno-holding-soft-opening-benefit-p-r/ http://paariusa.org/2016/06/10/media-advisory-gloucesters-newest-restaurant-tonno-holding-soft-opening-benefit-p-r/#respond Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:26:40 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2304 GLOUCESTER -- Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that Tonno, Gloucester's newest restaurant, will host a soft opening with all proceeds benefitting the P.A.A.R.I. organization.

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 10, 2016

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

*Media Advisory* Gloucester’s Newest Restaurant Tonno Holding Soft Opening to Benefit P.A.A.R.I.

GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that Tonno, Gloucester’s newest restaurant, will host a soft opening with all proceeds benefitting the P.A.A.R.I. organization.

“We are thrilled to partner with an up and coming restaurant like Tonno to benefit the P.A.A.R.I. organization,” Rosenthal said. “All proceeds of the reservation donation go directly to P.A.A.R.I. We encourage both members of the Gloucester community and friends of P.A.A.R.I. to attend.”

WHEN:

Thursday, June 16

WHERE:

Tonno, 2 Main St.

WHO:

  • Anthony Caturano, Chef and Owner of Tonno
  • P.A.A.R.I. co-founder and Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello
  • P.A.A.R.I. co-founder and chairman John Rosenthal

WHAT:

As is custom for new restaurants, Chef and Owner Anthony Caturano will be hosting a soft opening of Glocuester’s newest restaurant, Tonno. The evening will serve as a fundraiser for P.A.A.R.I.

For a fixed contribution to P.A.A.R.I. of $100 per person plus optional gratuity, patrons will have the experience of ordering off of the complete Tonno menu and be able to select from a variety of beer, wine and mixed drinks (non premium). Premium wines and beverages will be available for an additional charge.

Attendance will be limited to 100 patrons with reservations spaced evenly throughout the night. Reservations can be made on a first come, first serve basis by calling Tonno at 978-879-4795. The reservation line will be open weekdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. until the restaurant’s opening next Thursday.

One hundred percent of the $100 charge goes directly to P.A.A.R.I.

About P.A.A.R.I.

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

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

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between the police department and opioid addicts seeking recovery. Since its founding, more than 100 police departments in 24 states have joined as partners with the initiative.

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Scarborough, Maine Police Department’s Operation Hope Places 150th Participant Into Treatment http://paariusa.org/2016/05/20/scarborough-maine-police-departments-operation-hope-places-150th-participant-treatment/ http://paariusa.org/2016/05/20/scarborough-maine-police-departments-operation-hope-places-150th-participant-treatment/#respond Fri, 20 May 2016 14:07:18 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2182 Scarborough, Maine Police Department’s Operation Hope Places 150th Participant Into Treatment See media coverage from WGME, Portland’s CBS affiliate, here. SCARBOROUGH, MAINE — Chief Robbie Moulton is pleased to announce that the Scarborough Police Department’s Operation HOPE (the Heroin – Opiate Prevention Effort) has placed its 150th participant into a drug treatment and rehabilitation program. […]

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Scarborough, Maine Police Department’s Operation Hope Places 150th Participant Into Treatment

See media coverage from WGME, Portland’s CBS affiliate, here.

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE — Chief Robbie Moulton is pleased to announce that the Scarborough Police Department’s Operation HOPE (the Heroin – Opiate Prevention Effort) has placed its 150th participant into a drug treatment and rehabilitation program. An Old Orchard Beach man in his 30s requested assistance in obtaining treatment for heroin use.  He will receive  treatment and rehabilitation services courtesy of an Operation HOPE treatment facility in Florida.

Through Operation HOPE, any person who enters the Scarborough Police Department and requests help for a substance use disorder, is initially screened to determine eligibility to participate in a treatment program.  If the person is found to meet program eligibility requirements, the individual is paired with an Operation HOPE volunteer “Angel.”  The Angel then walks the person through the process toward detox and recovery, including accelerated placement into a rehabilitation and treatment program whenever possible.

Since its launch on Oct. 1, Operation HOPE has assisted residents in 76 Maine towns and cities, representing 14 of Maine’s 16 counties. Two-thirds of program participants lacked the health care coverage or financial resources that would have allowed them to obtain treatment on their own. Many of them are receiving free treatment and rehabilitation services courtesy of one of Operation HOPE’s nationwide network of cooperating treatment facilities.

According to Chief Moulton, Maine’s heroin and opiate problem has touched a wide spectrum of the state’s citizens.

“Through Operation HOPE, we have seen people living in poverty and people with financial resources, working people and the unemployed, people in their teens and people in their 50s, the homeless and homeowners, people who have not completed high school and people with advanced academic degrees,” Chief Moulton said. “There is no longer a ‘stereotypical’ heroin or opiate user. It can affect anyone.”

According to Operation HOPE officials, people frequently become addicted to heroin after first using prescription pain medication, often prescribed by a physician.

“The United States has just 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes 80 percent of the world’s pain pills,” said Officer John Gill, Operation HOPE Coordinator. “Eighty million pain pills were prescribed to Mainers in 2014.  That is over 60 pills for every man, woman and child in the state.”

According to Officer Gill, up to 80 percent of people who use heroin began after using prescription pain medications.

“When access to prescription pain medication stops, people turn to the cheaper, more available alternative–heroin,” Gill added.

But Operation HOPE has helped demonstrate that recovery is possible and people do get better.

“We are frequently asked, ‘How are people doing? Have their lives changed?” Chief Moulton said

As a result, Operation HOPE volunteers have started to reach out to the men and women who have participated in the program.

“So far, 79 of the 98 people we have spoken to say, ‘I’m doing better. I am living in recovery,’” Chief Moulton said.

While program officials acknowledge that such self-reported data is not scientific, initial statistical analysis by Boston University on a similar program based in Gloucester, Mass (the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative) shows that over 70 percent of program participants were no longer using opiates.

“Most importantly,” added Chief Moulton, “all 150 of our Operation HOPE program participants are still alive. With 272 fatal drug overdoses in Maine in 2015, we believe Operation HOPE has saved lives.”

Operation HOPE Placement Coordinator Jaime Higgins noted that the 150th program placement held special significance.

“The volunteer Angel who assisted in this placement is, himself, a person in recovery,” Higgins said. “The fact that people who once struggled with substance use disorder can give back and help others shows that recovery is possible and people do get better.  It is inspiring.”

Scarborough Police Department’s Operation HOPE is being pursued in partnership with the Portland Recovery Community Center and the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative.

Operation HOPE is one component of the Scarborough Police Department’s three-prong strategy to address the drug problem, by focusing on enforcement, education and treatment. The initiative operates based on public donations and is supported in part by a grant from the Maine Department of Public Safety, made possible by the bipartisan efforts of the 127th Legislature and Governor Paul LePage.

For further information, visit www.operationhopemaine.org.

MEDIA NOTE:  For further information on the Scarborough Police Department’s Operation HOPE, contact Officer John Gill at 207-883-6361 or jgill@ci.scarborough.me.us.

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Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, P.A.A.R.I. Recognized in IACP Report http://paariusa.org/2016/05/16/gloucester-angel-initiative-p-r-recognized-iacp-report/ http://paariusa.org/2016/05/16/gloucester-angel-initiative-p-r-recognized-iacp-report/#comments Mon, 16 May 2016 16:00:43 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2162 GLOUCESTER -- Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that both P.A.A.R.I. and the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative were included in the latest International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) report, entitled "Addressing 21st Century Drug Issues: Law Enforcement's Leadership Role."

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 16, 2016

 

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

Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, P.A.A.R.I. Recognized in IACP Report

GLOUCESTER — Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, co-founders of the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that both P.A.A.R.I. and the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative were included in the latest International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) report, entitled “Addressing 21st Century Drug Issues: Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role.”

The report, which the IACP releases for its members worldwide, addresses law enforcement’s role in the opioid crisis currently sweeping the nation, suggesting that the most effective practices include identifying opioid addicts and diverting them to treatment programs.

The IACP then points to the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, the first treatment diversion plan of its kind in the country. The report calls the initiative “a police approach that was based on human caring and addressing and solving the core addiction problem versus short-term punitive actions.” It then summarizes the program’s three-pronged approach to recovery: the department facilitates treatment, provides nasal narcan to those who cannot afford it, and works towards new state legislation relating to drug enforcement and treatment. 

“The IACP is the worldwide standard for police professionals and being included in their report as a model in how law enforcement can be effective in dealing with the opioid crisis is a great legitimization of the Gloucester Initiative and PAARI’s mission,” Chief Campanello said. “The voice of law enforcement has the ability to end the stigma of the disease of addiction and has an obligation to do so. While we recognize the need to continue to take action against those who deal misery and death on our streets, we must equally acknowledge that all those suffering from addiction are victims of the illicit drug trade and the overprescribing of pain medications. They should not be further hurt by arrest or incarceration. Immediate and sustainable care for every person suffering from addiction is the goal, and we intend on continuing to do everything we can to support that goal.”

“The Gloucester ANGEL Initiative is saving lives everyday and it’s replicable in every community struggling with the epidemic of opioid addiction,” Rosenthal said. “P.A.A.R.I. now has over 100 police department and 250 treatment center partners across the United States. We’ve created a national model for law enforcement to be a much need entry point into treatment and it’s great to be recognized by the IACP.”

The IACP is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement, addressing cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services.

About the Gloucester Angel Initiative:

The Gloucester Addiction Initiative, started by police Chief Leonard Campanello, seeks to provide treatment to those struggling with the disease of addiction instead of putting them behind bars. The police department works with several local treatment centers and clinics to place them in recovery programs instead of in the hands of law enforcement. When an addict walks into the police station and asks for help getting into a rehab facility, the department couples that person with an “angel,” a volunteer that helps guide the individual through the process. The participant is evaluated, their needs are assessed and they are fast tracked into a local detox program.

About P.A.A.R.I.

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

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

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

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Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello Earns Place in Boston Magazine’s List of 2016 Game Changers for ANGEL Initiative http://paariusa.org/2016/05/13/gloucester-police-chief-leonard-campanello-speaks-fixing-opioid-crisis-boston-magazine/ http://paariusa.org/2016/05/13/gloucester-police-chief-leonard-campanello-speaks-fixing-opioid-crisis-boston-magazine/#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 15:43:58 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2157 Earlier this week, Gloucester Chief Leonard Campanello was featured in Boston Magazine's article highlighting four innovative ideas for fixing the opioid crisis. The story is part of the magazine's list of 2016 Game Changers.

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Earlier this week, Gloucester Chief Leonard Campanello was featured in Boston Magazine’s article highlighting four innovative ideas for fixing the nation’s opioid crisis. The story is part of the magazine’s list of 2016 Game Changers.

First on the list, Chief Campanello was praised for his innovative Gloucester ANGEL Initiative that invites opioid addicts into the police station to obtain help overcoming their addiction.

Today, what started out as an idea has grown into so much more. Local businesses have partnered with Chief Campanello to help those suffering from the disease of addiction, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative formed to help other police departments implement addiction recovery programs, and last month Chief Campanello was invited to the White House, where he was named a Champion of Change.

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Harvard Poll: 80 Percent Support for Gloucester ANGEL-Style Initiatives http://paariusa.org/2016/03/17/harvard-poll-80-percent-suppport-gloucester-angel-style-initiatives/ http://paariusa.org/2016/03/17/harvard-poll-80-percent-suppport-gloucester-angel-style-initiatives/#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2016 21:12:33 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=1843 A new STAT-Harvard poll illustrates overwhelming support for the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative and similar programs that have been implemented by police departments throughout the country to tackle the nation’s current opioid epidemic. The poll interviewed 1,011 randomly selected adults 18 and older from March 3-6. Results indicated that 80 percent of people surveyed support treatment over jail time for […]

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A new STAT-Harvard poll illustrates overwhelming support for the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative and similar programs that have been implemented by police departments throughout the country to tackle the nation’s current opioid epidemic.opioid paari post

The poll interviewed 1,011 randomly selected adults 18 and older from March 3-6.

Results indicated that 80 percent of people surveyed support treatment over jail time for those struggling with the disease of addiction. A message, beginning with Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, that has resonated with many.

Beginning in June, Chief Campanello launched the ANGEL Initiative — calling for a change in the way addiction is handled by law enforcement officials. Today, under the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, 90 police departments throughout the U.S. have begun implementing programs to end the stigma of addiction by helping those affected by the disease receive the treatment they need to recover without the fear of arrest or jail time.

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Broome County, N.Y. District Attorney’s Office Joins P.A.A.R.I., Launches Operation S.A.F.E http://paariusa.org/2016/02/08/broome-county-n-y-district-attorneys-office-joins-p-a-a-r-i-launches-operation-s-a-f-e/ http://paariusa.org/2016/02/08/broome-county-n-y-district-attorneys-office-joins-p-a-a-r-i-launches-operation-s-a-f-e/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:00:20 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=1590 BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell today announced the District Attorney’s Office has launched Operation S.A.F.E (Save Addicts From Epidemic) to send drug addicts to treatment to save lives and prevent crime. He was joined by Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert, who instituted the program in November.

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Broome County, Office of the District Attorney
Steve Cornwell, District Attorney
45 Hawley St. # 4,
Binghamton, NY 13901
P.A.A.R.I.
Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

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

Broome County, N.Y. District Attorney’s Office Joins P.A.A.R.I., Launches Operation S.A.F.E 

Broome Becomes First District Attorney’s Office In Country To Initiate Program

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell today announced the District Attorney’s Office has launched Operation S.A.F.E (Save Addicts From Epidemic) to send drug addicts to treatment to save lives and prevent crime.  He was joined by Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert, who instituted the program in November.

“Our goal is to save lives by getting those addicted to drugs into treatment, and in doing so, we will clean up our streets,” Cornwell said. “If you’re in treatment, you’re not stealing from family, neighbors or businesses, or committing other crimes.”

Operation S.A.F.E. is modeled after the Gloucester, Mass. Angel Program, through the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), a nonprofit that helps law enforcement agencies adopt Gloucester’s program.

Cornwell worked with Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and P.A.A.R.I. to develop Operation S.A.F.E.

“I am extremely proud to stand with District Attorney Steve Cornwell and all of Broome County as we work together to fight the demand for heroin and other drugs in our community. He is a courageous leader,” said Chief Campanello. “People are more than just addicts. They suffer from a health condition, and they need treatment and compassion, not jail and stigma. I offer Broome County my sincere thanks and congratulations on joining with P.A.A.R.I. as the first District Attorney in the nation to implement this live-saving model.”

Addicts or their family members are encouraged to call Broome County’s S.A.F.E Line at 607-778-6119. A volunteer will then take their information and immediately begin searching the network of quality treatment facilities accepting new patients.

The goals of Operation S.A.F.E. are:

    • Reduce future crimes and overdose deaths associated with drug addiction by getting addicts off the streets and into treatment facilities.
    • Encourage addicts to seek help from law enforcement without fear of being arrested and prosecuted.
    • Connect addicts with treatment facilities that are ready, willing and able to provide treatment, at low or no cost to the addict.

To be eligible for Operation S.A.F.E., addicts must be willing to enter long-term treatment outside of New York. The program will not accept registered sex offenders, those with active arrest warrants, or defendants currently enrolled in Binghamton Drug Treatment Court.

“The drug epidemic in Broome County is a public health crisis and major concern to our public safety. Broome County has waited long enough — addicts and their families are no longer alone in this fight – we are here to help,” added Cornwell.  “Thank you to Chief Campanello, P.A.A.R.I, and Chief Covert for their leadership, dedication and foresight. Now it’s time to save local addicts from the drug epidemic plaguing our community.”

During the planning stages of Operation S.A.F.E., Cornwell has already placed one addict in treatment, with another soon on their way.

Cornwell will use drug forfeiture and traffic diversion funding to offset the costs of treatment for those without insurance and transportation to get addicts to treatment facilities.

“This model is working in Cooperstown,” said Chief Covert.  “Since we began the program on Thanksgiving Day, we’ve sent dozens of addicts to treatment facilities across the country, at no cost to our Village. Until now, addicts from Broome County and across the region have driven to Cooperstown seeking help. Congratulations to District Attorney Steve Cornwell for taking this major step to save lives.”

About P.A.A.R.I.
The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) was started to support local police departments as they work with opioid addicts. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments:

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

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between the police department and opioid addicts seeking recovery.

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Lodi, Ohio Police Department Joins P.A.A.R.I. to Create Gloucester-Style Addiction Initiative http://paariusa.org/2015/11/18/1146/ http://paariusa.org/2015/11/18/1146/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 23:13:12 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=1146 LODI, Ohio -- Police Chief Keith Keough, along with Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, and John Rosenthal, co-founders of The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that the Lodi Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I. to support the community's program, "Begin Again."

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Paris Police Department
Lodi Police Department
Keith Keough, Chief of Police
P.O. Box 95
Lodi, OH 44254
P.A.A.R.I.
Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

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

Lodi, Ohio Police Department Joins P.A.A.R.I. to Create Gloucester-Style Addiction Initiative

P.A.A.R.I. Gains First Police Department Partner In Ohio

 “Begin Again,” Modeled After Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, to Start Jan. 1

LODI, Ohio — Police Chief Keith Keough, along with Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, and John Rosenthal, co-founders of The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that the Lodi Police Department has partnered with P.A.A.R.I. to support the community’s program, “Begin Again.”

Through the department’s initiative, beginning on Jan. 1, Lodi Police will implement new addiction recovery initiatives and work with P.A.A.R.I. to place residents in need into treatment.

Modeled after the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, the Lodi Police Department’s program encourages residents who want to overcome their addiction to simply walk into the police station, turn over their drugs and equipment, and ask for help. They will not be charged. Instead, they will immediately be placed into a drug treatment program, regardless of financial means or insurance.

“Even though were are small community, we, like numerous other cities and towns throughout the nation have seen the devastating effects addiction can have on our residents,” Chief Keough said. “We admire what Chief Campanello has accomplished in Gloucester and we are excited to replicate a similar model in Lodi while working with P.A.A.R.I. to give our residents viable options for treatment centers to get help.”

The partnership makes the Lodi Police Department the first P.A.A.R.I. agency in Ohio to announce the launch of an addiction and treatment program.

“Drug addiction has left no community untouched and as public safety officials we have the means to change the way we respond to this epidemic,” Chief Campanello said. “I commend Chief Keough for working to provide those struggling with the disease of addiction the resources they need to recover. The Lodi Police Department will have our full support going forward. I also commend Nicole Walmsley from Ohio, who has championed P.A.A.R.I.’s mission by visiting dozens of police departments. Ms. Walmsley, a recovering addict who is two years sober, has been in constant contact with our office in the hope that Ohio can effectively deal with this crisis. She is to be applauded for aggressively pursuing needed action to fight addiction.”

Lodi Police will remain aggressive in enforcing the laws pertaining to drug distribution and trafficking, but are committed to providing help and resources to those struggling with addiction.

By working with the Cleveland Clinic/Akron General Medical Center, all Lodi police cruisers were equipped with Nasal Narcan earlier this year and police have saved two people using the opioid reversal drug. To date, the community has not lost any residents to drug overdoses.

Through its partnership with P.A.A.R.I., the Lodi Police Department will have access to a large and growing network of drug detox and long-term treatment centers around the nation, which have agreed to support police with helping place people into treatment.

Officers will also work to set up community meetings to train family and friends of loved ones struggling with addiction on how to use Nasal Narcan and provide resources on how residents can obtain the life-saving drug.

“Lodi Police joining P.A.A.R.I. means our efforts have reached another state, community and set of people who are looking to get help recovering from their addiction,” Rosenthal said. “We will work collaboratively with the department to place every resident that enters the Lodi station asking for help into a treatment center that fits their needs.”

About P.A.A.R.I.

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

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

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between the police department and people suffering from the disease of opioid addiction seeking recovery.

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