Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI)
In June 2015, after a series of overdose deaths, the Gloucester Police Department launched the Angel Initiative, which promised that anyone voluntarily walking into the police station to request help would be helped immediately, not arrested, regardless of their city of residence and their insurance status.
The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) was founded that same month as a nonprofit organization with the goal to help other law enforcement agencies establish pre-arrest programs that create compassionate and stigma-free entry points to treatment and recovery programs. We provide training and support, seed grants, connections to over 300 treatment centers, a network of like-minded law enforcement agencies, a unified voice with the media and legislators, and more. Since June 2015, PAARI has launched more than 250 law enforcement programs in 30 states, distributed 10,000 4mg doses of life-saving nasal naloxone, and helped over 10,000 people into treatment. PAARI currently has more than 50 law enforcement members in Massachusetts. Learn more at www.paariusa.org.