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 Gloucester Police and P.A.A.R.I. Partnering To Connect Overdose Victims To Treatment Options http://paariusa.org/2017/08/14/gloucester-police-p-r-partnering-connect-overdose-victims-treatment-options/ http://paariusa.org/2017/08/14/gloucester-police-p-r-partnering-connect-overdose-victims-treatment-options/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:12:54 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3829 The Gloucester Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. have begun a new outreach effort by paying follow-up visits to victims of nonfatal overdoses.

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

Gloucester Police Department

John McCarthy, Interim Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Gloucester, MA 01930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

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

Gloucester Police and P.A.A.R.I. Partnering To Connect Overdose Victims To Treatment Options

GLOUCESTER — Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Interim Chief John McCarthy, John Rosenthal, Co-founder and Chairman of the the Police Assisted Addicition and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), and Allie Hunter McDade, Executive Director of P.A.A.R.I., are pleased to announce that the Gloucester Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. began a new outreach effort Monday in which victims of nonfatal overdoses will receive follow-up visits aimed at directing them into treatment.

Through the partnership, Gloucester Police Officers and P.A.A.R.I. Certified Recovery Coach Tito Rodriguez visit the homes of recent overdose victims to provide them with direct access to recovery resources, including same-day referrals to treatment centers.

“We are tremendously excited to begin this outreach effort,” Hunter McDade said. “This new aspect of the ANGEL Program will enable us to bring resources directly to overdose victims where they live, and reach Gloucester residents who are at the highest risk for a fatal overdose.”

Rodriguez and officers working on behalf of the Gloucester ANGEL Program will work with victims and families in an effort to direct people into treatment soon after an overdose event.

“Mental health, substance abuse and so much more are issues that cross into all communities so we have to work together to address them,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “Partnerships are a necessity, not a choice, to save lives and help people get the help and services that everyone deserves.”

P.A.A.R.I. will also provide overdose survivors and families with 4mg nasal naloxone, the life-saving overdose reversal drug​, so they are prepared in the event of a future overdose.​

“Our top priority is ensuring that those in need are connected to the resources that can help them overcome addiction,” Chief McCarthy said. “Our doors are always open, and we hope that these face-to-face visits will encourage people to get help.”

Similar initiatives have proved successful in Arlington, Plymouth and East Bridgewater, where officers and recovery coaches visit with overdose survivors shortly after responding to calls for service.

“Data driven policing has been an essential tool that has allowed us to develop a predictive and preventative approach to overdoses,” P.A.A.R.I. Police Council Chair and Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said. “I am pleased that P.A.A.R.I. and the Gloucester Police are joining together to adopt this proactive program.”

Chairman Rosenthal added: “It is impossible to effectively address the opioid crisis that has impacted so many families nationwide without a collaborative, hands-on effort by law enforcement and the recovery community.”

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P.A.A.R.I. To Honor Law Enforcement Leaders At Two-Year Anniversary Celebration And Awards Ceremony http://paariusa.org/2017/06/22/p-r-honor-law-enforcement-leaders-two-year-anniversary-celebration-awards-ceremony/ http://paariusa.org/2017/06/22/p-r-honor-law-enforcement-leaders-two-year-anniversary-celebration-awards-ceremony/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:34:42 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3617 P.A.A.R.I. John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman 186 Main Street Gloucester, MA 0193 For Immediate Release Thursday, June 22, 2017 Media Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net P.A.A.R.I. To Honor Law Enforcement Leaders At Two-Year Anniversary Celebration And Awards Ceremony Acting Director Of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy To Attend GLOUCESTER — […]

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 0193

For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. To Honor Law Enforcement Leaders At Two-Year Anniversary Celebration And Awards Ceremony

Acting Director Of White House Office of National Drug Control Policy To Attend

GLOUCESTER — To celebrate its second year and recognize law enforcement leaders committed to its mission, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) will host an anniversary celebration and awards ceremony.

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 28, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE:

The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester

WHAT:

Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in and are committed to treatment of those struggling with drug addiction rather than arrest and incarceration.

P.A.A.R.I. has placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative alone, and placed another 10,000-plus individuals via its partner agencies across the United States.

“These two years have been truly incredible,” Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade said. “Our partner agencies have been active participants in a major shift in policy that has helped improve lives and put thousands of people on the road to recovery.”

To celebrate, P.A.A.R.I. will honor several law enforcement officers and program supporters who have been instrumental in transforming the approach to addiction and recovery nationwide.

“Law enforcement has been a game changer in the fight against the opioid epidemic and in reducing barriers to treatment,” P.A.A.R.I Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal said. “I am very proud of our police department and treatment center partners in 30 states and we look forward to continuing to work with them to increase our police based access to life saving treatment.”

Due to the unending support of Steve Jesi and Cheryl Marlow, P.A.A.R.I. will present four ANGEL Initiative participants — Richard Naugle, Patrick Anderson, Benjamin Muse and Lillian Salah — with the Stephanie Jesi Memorial Scholarship in order to help them on their journeys toward recovery.Steve Lesnikoski, the first participant in Gloucester’s ANGEL Initiative, will also be in attendance.

“I’m honored to receive P.A.A.R.I.’s Leadership Award,” said Richard Baum, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “The opioid epidemic has devastated communities all across the country, from right here in Gloucester to Ohio, Arizona, and beyond. Solving this problem requires new ways of addressing addiction, including bringing law enforcement and public health together. Efforts like PAARI and the ANGEL Initiative that help connect people to treatment are key to turning the tide on this crisis.”

The anniversary celebration and awards ceremony, which is sponsored by Eastern Bank, is open to the public. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.

The following people, many of whom are scheduled to attend, will be recognized at the ceremony:

  • White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Richard Baum and two senior ONDCP staff members
  • Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken of Gloucester
  • Interim Chief John McCarthy of the Gloucester Police Department
  • Sgt. Brittney Garrett of the Jeffersontown, Kentucky Police Department
  • Chief Tim Lenz of the Covington, Louisiana Police Department
  • Katie Donovan of Families Against Narcotics/Hope Not Handcuffs in Michigan
  • Chief Scott Allen of the East Bridgewater Police Department
  • Chief Michael Botieri of the Plymouth Police Department
  • Joan Whitney of Healthy Gloucester Collaborative
  • JJ Bartlett of Fishing Partnership Support Services
  • Ed Leahy of Adapt Pharma
  • David Rosenbloom of the Boston University School of Public Health
  • Hillary Dubois Farquharson of High Point Treatment Center
  • Leslie Darcy, Chief of Staff for Massachusetts Health and Human Services
  • Secretary Marylou Sudders
  • Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona
  • Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts Sate Sen. Stan Rosenburg
  • State Representative Bob DeLeo of Massachusetts
  • Chuck Wexler of Police Executive Research Forum
  • Kevin Norton from Lahey Health Behavioral Services
  • Mike Duggan from Wicked Sober/Recovery Centers of America
  • Barry Reiman from Satori Waters

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P.A.A.R.I. Works with City of Gloucester to Place Narcan in Public Buildings http://paariusa.org/2017/06/19/p-r-works-city-gloucester-place-narcan-public-buildings/ http://paariusa.org/2017/06/19/p-r-works-city-gloucester-place-narcan-public-buildings/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:59:19 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3605 GLOUCESTER -- Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I) Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. has partnered with the City of Gloucester to place 4 mg doses of Narcan in public buildings.

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John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
186 Main Street, Suite 25A
Gloucester, MA 01930

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

P.A.A.R.I. Works with City of Gloucester to Place Narcan in Public Buildings

GLOUCESTER — Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I) Co-Founder and Chairman John Rosenthal and Executive Director Allie Hunter McDade are pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. has partnered with the City of Gloucester to place 4 mg doses of Narcan in public buildings.

The 4 mg doses, which will be provided by P.A.A.R.I. through a donation from Adapt Pharma, will be placed in the recently installed automated external defibrillator kits. Adding Narcan to these locations will allow the public and city officials to be better equipped in the event that someone witnesses an opioid overdose.

“P.A.A.R.I. is pleased to partner with the Mayor, Gloucester Police Department, Gloucester Fire Department and Department of Public Health to make life-saving nasal naloxone more accessible in the community,” Hunter McDade said. “Lives will be saved by making Narcan available in these public locations and training city employees to be able to assist in emergency situations. We applaud the city’s efforts to continually makes strides in response to this growing epidemic.”

Narcan will be available at the following locations as of June 20:

  • CATA City Hall Annex, 3 Pond Road
  • City Hall, 9 Dale Ave.
  • Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F Lewis St.
  • Department of Public Works, 28 Poplar St.
  • Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave.

“Overdose victims often have mere minutes to survive, so it is imperative that Narcan is readily available to the public in the event that someone witnesses an overdose and needs to assist prior to first responders arrival,” Rosenthal said. “We’re happy to work with Gloucester officials to equip the city with this lifesaving drug.”

Officials will continue to work with P.A.A.R.I. to add Narcan kits to the Visitor Center, Wingarsheek Beach and Good Harbor Beach.

Additionally, the Gloucester Health and Personnel Departments, in collaboration with the Gloucester Fire Department, are providing free nasal Narcan training for all interested city employees.

“The support that our city and community partners continue to provide show that Gloucester continues to lead within education, training and compassionate care,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said. “We all combat negative stigmas around addiction and abuse, but proven solutions always start with awareness – especially through trusted leaders. Through the addition of Narcan within our medical kits, we can help save a life in the event of an overdoses in or near a city building. We will always do all that we can to help those need and I’m proud of this program’s growth.”

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P.A.A.R.I. to Hold Two-Year Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony http://paariusa.org/2017/05/17/p-r-hold/ http://paariusa.org/2017/05/17/p-r-hold/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 18:36:11 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=3510 What an amazing two years it has been! Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in treatment over arrest and incarceration. We have placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester ANGEL Program alone and more than 10,000 individuals in total through our partners across the country.

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To celebrate its two-year anniversary, P.A.A.R.I. will host a celebration and awards ceremony next month and the public is invited to attend.

WHEN:

June 28, from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:

The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester

WHAT:

What an amazing two years it has been! Since June 2015, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a national movement of law enforcement agencies who believe in treatment over arrest and incarceration. We have placed more than 550 people into treatment through the Gloucester ANGEL Program alone and more than 10,000 individuals in total through our partners across the country.

Come celebrate with us and congratulate the 2017 P.A.A.R.I. Leadership Award winners who make this all possible. Thanks to the unending support of Steve Jesi and Cheryl Marlow, for the second year in a row, three 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 are $20 and available here: paariawards.eventbrite.com

Thank you to our event sponsor, Eastern Bank.

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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. to Host Community Resource Night http://paariusa.org/2016/11/22/media-advisory-p-r-host-community-resource-night/ http://paariusa.org/2016/11/22/media-advisory-p-r-host-community-resource-night/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:41:04 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2975 GLOUCESTER -- John Rosenthal, 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 P.A.A.R.I. will host a Community Resource Night next month for those struggling and affected by the disease of addiction.

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Contact: John Rosenthal
Phone: (888) 972-2749 x702
Email: info@paariusa.org

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*Media Advisory* P.A.A.R.I. to Host Community Resource Night

GLOUCESTER — John Rosenthal, 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 P.A.A.R.I. will host a Community Resource Night next month for those struggling and affected by the disease of addiction.

WHEN

Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE

The P.A.A.R.I. Office, 186 Main St., Suite 25 A, Gloucester

WHAT

P.A.A.R.I., in conjunction with the Gloucester Police Department, will hold a Community Resource Night for people to gather in a safe and welcoming space to learn about the options available to them, family or loved ones for recovery and support services.

Attendees will also be able to receive a free nasal Naloxone kit and training from organizers.

“Those suffering from a substance use disorder may feel overwhelmed when it comes to determining their path to recovery,” Rosenthal said. “We want this process to be as easy and seamless as possible. We encourage all community members affected by the disease of addiction to come to this event to learn more about the resources available to them.”

WHO

  • Members of P.A.A.R.I.
  • Gloucester Police Department
  • Representatives from Lahey Health Behavioral Services
  • Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
  • Learn 2 Cope
  • Magnolia New Beginnings
  • The North Shore Health Project
  • Healthy Gloucester Collaborative

To download the flyer of the event, click here.

 

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P.A.A.R.I. Celebrates Vote Allowing Police Departments to Carry Higher Doses of Narcan http://paariusa.org/2016/10/07/2811/ http://paariusa.org/2016/10/07/2811/#respond Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:30:45 +0000 http://paariusa.org/?p=2811 GLOUCESTER -- The distribution and proliferation of lifesaving Nacan is key to the mission of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, and today Chairman John Rosenthal and the board of directors are lauding a vote of the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), which has changed its policies governing the dosages of Nasal Narcan that may be carried by law enforcement officers.

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

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

P.A.A.R.I. Celebrates Vote Allowing Police Departments to Carry Higher Doses of Narcan

Massachusetts Police Departments will now be Eligible for Free Narcan Distributed through Grant Program

GLOUCESTER — The distribution and proliferation of lifesaving Nacan is key to the mission of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, and today Chairman John Rosenthal and the board of directors are lauding a vote of the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), which has changed its policies governing the dosages of Nasal Narcan that may be carried by law enforcement officers.

Previously, OEMS guidelines only allowed police to carry 2 mg doses. Now, Massachusetts is in line with nearly all other states in allowing officers to carry stronger, more effective 4 mg doses.

Under the previous guidelines Massachusetts police departments were ineligible for thousands of free Nasal Narcan departments, which had been secured by P.A.A.R.I., free of charge, thanks to a donation from Adapt Pharma. In July, Adapt agreed to provide 10,000 doses of Narcan to P.A.A.R.I. partner agencies.

P.A.A.R.I. and Dr. Alexander Walley of Boston Medical Center will work to properly distribute the doses to P.A.A.R.I. partners across the state.

Rosenthal and the P.A.A.R.I. board would like to applaud Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders for their continued support toward changing the conversation around the disease of addiction and implementing positive reforms to help address this disease.

“I am very pleased that the Office of Emergency Medical Services has voted to allow police to carry 4 mg Narcan doses. We have long advocated for this change in policy. Police officers are so often the first ones at the scene of a potentially fatal overdose. With stronger and more dangerous drugs like Fentanyl claiming more and more lives each day, stronger, more potent doses of Nasal Nacan allow first responders to save more lives,” Rosenthal said. “We cannot save a dead person. Every life saved with Narcan is an opportunity for a person suffering from the disease of addiction to reclaim their life.”

With the change in policy, P.A.A.R.I. is working closely with Adapt Pharma to immediately begin distributing doses of its Narcan Nasal Spray product to nearly three dozen police departments in Massachusetts who have partnered with P.A.A.R.I. A list can be found here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States for people ages 25 to 64, exceeding even motor vehicle accidents. In fact, there are almost 29,000 deaths caused by drug overdoses in the United States each year – a number that could be dramatically reduced by expanding Narcan use in communities and first responder groups, like law enforcement.

About the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.):

P.A.A.R.I. police departments share a common mission: encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery, help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses, connect those struggling with the disease of addiction with treatment programs and facilities and provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid epidemic.

In just over a year, P.A.A.R.I. has grown into a network of more than 150 police departments across the country and over 200 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance. Learn more at paariusa.org.

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

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 27, 2016

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

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

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

WHDH’s Cheryl Fiandaca to Emcee the Event

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

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

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

WHEN:

Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Gloucester House, 63 Rogers St.

WHO:

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

WHAT:

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

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

WHDH’s Cheryl Fiandaca will emcee the event. 

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

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

About P.A.A.R.I.

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

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

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

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*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

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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