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Pta_crossing_magRelease: Gloucester Township Police Department

Fifty nine percent of those appearing in Gloucester Township municipal court and suffering from addiction have enrolled in drug treatment as a result the Gloucester Township Police Department’s Project SAVE (Substance Abuse Victimization Effort).

In June 2014, the Gloucester Township Police Department launched Project SAVE to focus efforts and practices in three critical areas of law enforcement SUPPRESSION, PREVENTION, and INTERVENTION in an effort to effectively combat the nationwide drug epidemic. One of the most significant initiatives associated with Project SAVE is the SAVE

 

Advocate which entails having a drug advocate and counselor in the Municipal Court Room. The Project SAVE Advocate has been present in the Gloucester Township Municipal Court to assist defendants suffering from addiction and their family members with providing information about available treatment programs.

“We are so pleased with the results of this program. Prior to Project SAVE there was no professional help available in the courtroom for those suffering from addiction. Since the program’s inception we have managed to guide forty-four people into drug treatment who otherwise would have likely continued committing crime and perhaps even lost their lives due to an overdose,” said Chief Harry Earle.

Forty-three percent of the forty-four people who accepted treatment while appearing at Gloucester Township Municipal Court were primarily abusing heroin.

Monday, August 31, 2015 marks National Overdose Awareness Day. The Gloucester Township Police Department is hosting an open house at our Family Resource Center (FRC) located at 1324 Little Gloucester Road, next to Lamp Post Diner, on Monday August 31st from 12 PM - 2PM.

A recently implemented strategy for Project Save is the SAVE Support Group. The SAVE Support Group is an opportunity for adults to meet, who now struggle with family members or friends that are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. The SAVE Support Group meets at the GTPD Family Resource Center located at 1324 Little Gloucester Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012. Please contact Michele Selfridge for details at mselfridge@gtpolice.com or call 856-842-5553 regarding the Open House or the SAVE Support Group.

Follow the GTPD Family Resource Center on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/GTPDFRC

Additional information about Project SAVE can be viewed here: http://gtpolice.com/support-services-division/project-save/

 

 

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