Leonard Campanello, Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Gloucester , MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Monday, June 29, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil (Gloucester Police)
Addiction Campuses Joins Gloucester Initiative
GLOUCESTER, Mass. and BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken are pleased to report Addiction Campuses, a Tennessee-based specialized addiction treatment center, has partnered with the Gloucester Police Department’s ANGEL Initiative and will be offering at least one full scholarship to one of their campuses.
“The success we have seen from this program has been outstanding and the support from treatment centers is invaluable,” Chief Campanello said. “We are looking forward to bringing Addiction Campuses on board and are so grateful for their dedication to our cause.”
The Gloucester Initiative places those struggling with addiction into treatment centers, rather than jail cells. Under this initiative, those suffering from the disease of addiction can come into the Gloucester Police Department and turn over their remaining drug supply and paraphernalia without the threat of arrest. The policy went into effect earlier this month in an effort to reduce the number of overdoses in Massachusetts. Click here to view the official police policy document.
“We value the assistance and dedication from these treatment facilities toward the ANGEL mission,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “Support from Addiction Campuses puts us one step closer to ending the epidemic that is opioid addiction.”
Given the immediate positive response from local, state and national organizations, Chief Campanello and businessman John Rosenthal launched The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) — a new nonprofit organization created in response to Gloucester’s revolutionary drug addiction program.
“All of us at Addiction Campuses are beyond excited to be able to assist with the ANGEL initiative,” said Addiction Campuses CEO Brent Clements. “This unique approach to ending opioid addiction is quite inspiring and we are looking forward to much success.”
About Addiction Campuses:
Addiction Campuses provides the most comprehensive illegal drug, prescription drug, and alcohol addiction treatment programs in the country by going beyond the standard 30 day plan and treating persons struggling with addiction medically, mentally, and spiritually to break the cycle of repeated visits to treatment.
Our drug and alcohol treatment programs are tailored to each resident, and overseen by dedicated addiction recovery professionals – from our admissions specialists to licensed counselors and medical staff. Utilizing our 15 to 50 acre addiction campus environment we have the facilities, depth of caring staff, industry experience and clinical proficiency to effectively treat the disease of addiction for life.