Ashland Police Department has partnered with Addictions Recovery Center and the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) to take direct action against the disease of addiction by creating the Gateway Program.
Modeled after the Gloucester Massachusetts Angel Program, Gateway was developed in partnership with ARC to support treatment options for people with a drug and/or alcohol dependency.
Any adult who enters the Ashland Police Department, or is contacted in the field by the police officer, and requests help with their addiction can be helped by this program.
Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, the Ashland Police Department, Addictions Recovery Center and P.A.A.R.I. are committed to:
1. Encouraging those with a substance use disorder to pursue recovery options
2. Connecting those with addiction to treatment programs and facilities
3. Providing resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more
Working in conjunction with the medical community, the Ashland Police Department and ARC are making a difference in the Rogue Valley by reducing the number of individuals dealing with an un-managed substance use disorder. Medford Police Department is also engaged in the Gateway Program with ARC.
Together, we can remove the stigma associated with addiction.