Addiction Recovery Video- PAARI Video Suite: John Rosenthal and the Gloucester Police Department

Addiction Recovery Video- PAARI Video Suite: John Rosenthal and the Gloucester Police Department


– Gloucester has an opiates problem. And in March 2015 we had
a series of overdoses that really affected the community. And we need to do something to change it. Arresting people wasn’t
the answer, obviously, so we needed to change up
our tactics and we decided that if somebody came
to the police department and asked for help that we would help them. – PAARI is a law enforcement-based
access to treatment. No shame, no blame, no stigma for anyone with the disease of addiction. They can simply come
into a police department or a police department will
go to the home of a user who had maybe recently overdosed and offer treatment versus jail and PAARI is really the
beginning of the rest of people’s lives for,
hopefully, long term recovery. – They gave me all the
resources that I needed. They said, “Any time of
day or night, Lyndsie, “you need anything you call us.” I had their phone numbers, they introduced me to the PAARI program, they understood where I was comin’ from, they understood what I had been through. They didn’t judge me and
that worked out for me ’cause I’ve been three years
clean and it’s been great. – After our first year, The
New England Journal of Medicine reported out that people who come to the Gloucester Police
Department are placed into treatment same day 95% of the
time versus the emergency room that was placing people at 54%. Think about that. Police officers,
compassionate law enforcement, are placing people into
treatment at two times the rate as the healthcare system itself. – First and foremost, police
officers are here to help, that’s why most police officers
get into the profession in the first place, they
wanna have a positive impact on their community and
on individual lives. – Since June of 2015 we’ve
placed in over 630 people. – It’s one and one equals 1000 when you bring law
enforcement agencies together to share resources and information. And there’s nothing that police can’t do, combined with the business community, in changing public
policy and saving lives. Gloucester, in particular, has been known as the fishing
village with a heroin problem. And now it’s known as a fishing village with a heroin solution.

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