Gowanda, N.Y. Police Department Joins P.A.A.R.I., Launches Addiction Recovery Initiative

Gowanda Police Department
Officer-in-Charge Stephen Raiport
27 E Main St.,
Gowanda, NY 14070
Leonard Campanello, Co-Founder
John Rosenthal, Co-founder & Chairman
One Bridge St., Suite #300
Newton, MA 02458

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Gowanda, N.Y. Police Department Joins P.A.A.R.I., Launches Addiction Recovery Initiative

Gowanda Area Community Connections Places Five Participants Since Dec. 1

GOWANDA- Officer-in-Charge Stephen Raiport is pleased to announce that the Gowanda Police Department has partnered with The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) to launch their addiction outreach and recovery program, the Gowanda Area Community Connections.

The Gowanda Police Department implemented their program on Dec. 1 and are following the Arlington Outreach Initiative model. As part of the initiative, clinicians reach out to known addicts in the community and support them in developing a plan to facilitate a long-term recovery process while directing them and their loved ones to related services.

Since implementation, Gowanda Police have placed five participants into treatment.

The program is coordinated through a joint effort between the Gowanda Police Department, Zoar Valley Clinic, Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Seneca Strong and the Healthy Community Alliance. Additionally, the Salamanca Police Department in Cattaraugus County, N.Y. is also working with Gowanda Police to assist participants. Salamanca Police are in the process of creating a similar program for their residents.

In Gowanda, the number of overdoses from 2014 to 2015 has greatly increased. While police have had success identifying, investigating, and prosecuting people responsible for the distribution of heroin, at the end of an investigation, officers are often left with a list of known users. With little resources available, police have been unable to prevent addicts from moving onto other suppliers, and in some cases, overdosing and dying.

“Although we are a small village, we have not been immune to the devastating effects of opiate addiction,” Officer Raiport said. “We admire everything P.A.A.R.I. has been able to do for those struggling with addiction and know that it is now time to create a program that can help our residents get the help they need to recover.”

Through the Gowanda Area Community Connections Training and Support program, police and substance abuse intervention experts will host a series of community based meetings aimed at creating a supportive, non-judgmental environment for those struggling with the disease of addiction.

Additionally, the Gowanda Area Community Connections will work to:

Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal, founders of P.A.A.R.I., are pleased to welcome the Gowanda Police to P.A.A.R.I. and will work with the department to further their initiative. Both recognize that no matter the size of the community, there are residents struggling with addiction that are in need of assistance. They commend Officer Raiport for taking the necessary steps forward to change lives for the better.

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: