Examining the implementation of police-assisted referral programs for substance use disorder services in Massachusetts

This qualitative research study examined the implementation of police-assisted referral programs to connect individuals to substance use disorder services in Massachusetts between June 2019 and March 2020 through focus groups and interviews. Results suggest that programs vary significantly in their models of service delivery but identified five key themes within the programs: (1) development of…

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Police-led Opioid Intervention Programs: A Qualitative Examination of Program Models and Participant Experiences (007)

In response to alarming rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and opioid overdose related deaths across the US, police departments nationwide have partnered with The Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI) to design and implement non-arrest substance use programs and initiatives. The first PAARI program, the Gloucester ANGEL program, began in Massachusetts and other communities have adapted the model to address their local needs. The programs are designed to facilitate access to treatment services rather than taking the approach of arresting substance users.

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