Drug Abuse Treatment in Easton Assisted by Police
- Oct. 19, 2018
-- Drug addiction treatment in Easton, Pennsylvania is getting a boost from the local police department to assist people struggling with substance use disorders.
The Easton Police Department is now the fourth department in Northampton County to implement the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) Its purpose is to assist people who are struggling with substance use disorders.
PAARI, which was originally started by the Gloucester Police Department, has been applied by over 400 departments across 32 states.
The drug abuse treatment referral program began helping people in August. The Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit is the provider that communicates with the police department. The intake process occurs when the Easton Police Department reaches out to the Lehigh Valley Drug and Alcohol Intake Unit. This provider offers multitudes of comprehensive services relating to addiction treatment and behavioral health.
Lieutenant Robert Weber of the Easton Police Department described the process of adopting the drug abuse treatment program in his station.
"We started a Narcan program through our [district attorney's] office," he said. "They're issuing and they control all the Narcan that's issued in our county. What was happening was they were getting kind of tied up in it, there was so much usage of it."https://www.drugaddictionnow.com/2018/10/19/drug-abuse-tr...