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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Moultonborough Police Department Becomes first PAARI Partner in New Hampshire. Will Launch Addiction Outreach Initiative


MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. -- Police Chief Leonard J. Wetherbee Jr. announces that the Moultonborough Police Department will partner with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) to create and launch an addiction outreach and recovery program.

Under the P.A.A.R.I initiative the Police Department will seek out those suffering from the disease of addiction and pair them with treatment and recovery centers, drawing from P.A.A.R.I.'s nationwide network and cultivating its own treatment partners locally and elsewhere. “During vacation season our population increases from 4,400 to approximately 25,000, mostly from out of state.  Joining P.A.A.R.I. allows us to utilize a nationwide network when making referrals for treatment options.”

"The mission statements of P.A.A.R.I. and the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative, resonate with me as a police chief. New Hampshire faces an unprecedented addiction epidemic, and it is not something that we are going to enforce our way out of," Chief Wetherbee said. "We can and must do more. There is some great outreach work being done in the Lakes Region, much of it led by the Laconia Police Department.  Joining P.A.A.R.I. helps us with the treatment piece of the puzzle.”

 The Police Department remains committed to aggressively enforcing the drug laws, especially when it comes to investigating and arresting drug dealers. However, once a drug dealer is arrested, police are often left with their list of customers. Additionally, the police and fire departments have responded to numerous calls for drug overdoses this year.

These arrests and medical calls leave police with collections of people, usually town residents, who are living in the grip of addiction.

"Rather than holding this information for possible future enforcement action against those that are addicted, we are choosing to be proactive," Chief Wetherbee said.

Moultonborough Police Officers, as part of their regular duties, will reach out to these people and their families. The goal of the Initiative is to educate families, help provide information regarding the administration of potentially lifesaving Nasal Narcan, and to make addicts and their families, friends, and caregivers aware of treatment options and resources available to them.

And the ultimate goal, of course, is to pair those suffering from addiction with treatment centers, including detox and long-term residential treatment options.

There are five main components to the Initiative:

1. The Moultonborough Police Department will conduct outreach and refer prospective participants who wish to seek treatment for their addiction.

2. The Police Department, working with P.A.A.R.I.'s treatment partners and by cultivating its own relationships with local, regional, and national centers, will work to place participants in treatment programs based on their individual needs.

3. The Police Department will provide training for all department members on the potentially lifesaving Nasal Narcan.

 4. The Police Department and its partners will advocate for the creation of more treatment facilities in New Hampshire.

5. A volunteer system will be developed to assist those seeking help, along the same lines as the Gloucester ANGEL Initiative.

"P.A.A.R.I. and Gloucester Police have received a multitude of phone calls from people affected by addiction in New Hampshire, and we are very reassured by the addition of Moultonborough to our organization," said John Rosenthal, co-founder and chairman of P.A.A.R.I. "We hope and expect to announce several more law enforcement partners from The Granite State Soon."

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:
• Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery

• Help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses

• Connect addicts with treatment programs and facilities

• Provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid addiction epidemic

P.A.A.R.I. was created by Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal to bridge the gap between the police department and opioid addicts seeking recovery.



5 comments:

Moultonboro Blogger said...

Report on WMUR:
http://www.wmur.com/health/moultonborough-joins-initiative-to-help-heroin-addicts/37090176

Joseph Cormier said...

Excerpt from the WMUR article:

"According to the PAARI website, the mission is to save lives, get help for people struggling with addiction and share resources with other police departments. It comes down to a database and a mindset. http://paariusa.org/"

... a mindset!

The Chief brings an enlightened "mindset" to Police work, and his apparent policing philosophy.

He demonstrated the same when the town passed the fireworks ordinance.

I'm not just sucking-up. I can personally attest to his style of policing, having been the author of the warrant article, that was approved by the town for the MoBo fireworks ordinance. It was intriguing to watch his handling of the implementation, in our area. It was a hot-bed for nighttime fireworks.

He emphasized educating the public first, about the new ordinance, especially with the renters at/near the Big lake. Most would not be aware that a written permission
was/is required from the landowner. A lot of landowners didn't know.

Staging his officers at key areas, and instilling a concept of being "gentle" in initial enforcement, with escalation if required.

We're lucky to have him!

Walter W. said...

Does Moultonborough really have a big heroin problem?

Len Wetherbee said...

"We have in New Hampshire some of the highest per capita rates of addiction in the United States,” Tym Rourke, chairman of the New Hampshire governor’s commission on drug abuse. Since I have been in Moultonborough, approximately three and one half years, at least three residents that I am aware of have died of overdoses. I spent a portion of yesterday morning sitting in the lobby of the public safety building with a heart sick mother talking about heroin and treatment strategies. Her son had just been arrested for theft, a theft committed to feed his addiction. Part of that conversation centered around the fact that without help he may not live to see the new year.

So yes I believe we do have a heroin problem in Moultonborough, I'm not that concerned with how the size of the problem is perceived. One struggling addict and one distraught parent is one too many.

There are many families in town that due to various forms of addiction are struggling to find anything merry during this Holiday Season.

Len Wetherbee

Dave Rossetti said...

I have a nephew through marriage who lives with a monkey on his back. He is a resident of Concord. He was raised in Belmont/Tilton. At a young age he was diagnosed with a painful degenerative muscle disease. He was prescribed large amounts of opioid pain killers. Then the scripts stopped. He then went out to the streets to find more percs and vicoden, eventually he got involved with the heroin. From here the story is much like what you see in the news daily, stealing from neighbors and family to support the heroin habit has landed him in prison for lot of time on and off over the last 9 years.
One day at a family gathering I said to him that I kept hearing about all this heroin trouble all over the state and the country. I said I had never seen heroin except in pictures on TV. I have heard that heroin was very easy to procure and that it was cheap. I asked him where the best place to get heroin was and his reply was "Moultonborough", the hotel at Greene's Corner.
Now this story is a couple of years old and I do not know if Greens Corner is still the best place to find heroin, but it open the door to many questions concerning the heroin trade. In my opinion heroin seems to be a drug of despair. Young people with no marketable skills, no social skills, no life skills and no sense of self worth have no hope and no future. No amount of counseling and "Narcan" is going to change this. I know how I changed this in my home. I have worked hard to ensure the children I raised had the aforementioned skill sets to make better decisions concerning life goals. something we don't seem to be doing in public education or at home these days.