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Griffith Addiction Recovery Program Celebrated by Police
An addiction recovery program in Griffith, Indiana has seen great results since it was implemented in Lake County.
By: Addiction Now
In April 2017, the Griffith Police Department partnered with Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Institute (PAARI) to use an addiction recovery program that centers on placing people struggling with substance use disorder into treatment rather than jail.
Since then, the addiction recovery program, which was brought to town by Griffith Police Commander Keith Martin and officer Rick Merchantz, has become increasingly popular.
"Word is spreading," Martin said. "One of the people that came in to take advantage of the PAARI program heard from his cellmate in the county jail and turned him onto it."
The Griffith Police department had been trying to find a solution to the opioid epidemic when they viewed the PAARI program.
"We actually discovered the PAARI program by doing some research on our end trying to figure out what we'd be able to do locally to fight the opioid epidemic," Merchantz said.
He explained that after discovering the PAARI program they brought it to their chief's attention and weree given the approval implement.
"We started doing more research and kind of put a program of our own together with some other agencies and institutions around our area as far as rehab centers and places people go for Narcotics Anonymous meetings and kind of adopted their mission and brought it to Griffith and we've been having some pretty good success with it here."