On February 8, 2024, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) hosted a virtual statewide convening among New York law enforcement agencies and those working on deflection programs in the state. The convening was designed as an introduction to PAARI and to highlight local programming. The session commenced with Brittney Garrett, PAARI’s Senior Director […]
On January 9th, 2024, The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) hosted its first South Carolina Convening. The purpose of this gathering was to educate participants about PAARI, provide a platform for mutual learning among attendees, facilitate the exchange of resources, and foster discussions on best practices within the deflection space The convening commenced […]
On Thursday, September 7th, 2023, The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) and Volunteers of America (VOA) Northern New England co-hosted the third virtual Maine statewide convening. This gathering brought together various participants, including Maine law enforcement agencies, community partners, local residents, and those formerly incarcerated or currently incarcerated in Maine facilities. The […]
P.A.A.R.I. cofounder and chair John Rosenthal today had an opinion piece published in the Boston Globe calling attention to the 100,306 Americans who died of drug overdoses from April 2020 to April 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic overshadowed the overdose epidemic. An excerpt: There have been and continue to be effective treatments, such asmethadone, buprenorphine, […]
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – P.A.A.R.I. Executive Director Allie Hunter traveled to Maine on Thursday for a pop-up event to call attention to the availability and importance of lifesaving resources for those suffering from substance use disorders including NARCAN, fentanyl test strips and community programs for those suffering and their families.
For today’s Daily Report, PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler spoke with four police officials from Massachusetts and Maine about their harm reduction strategies for reducing opioid overdoses, including the distribution of fentanyl test strips, which individuals can use to detect the presence of fentanyl in their drugs. These four agencies are part of a program organized […]