LOWER SAUCON POLICE To Participate in "PAIR" Program
WE ARE PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE BETHLEHEM HEALTH BUREAU AND SEVERAL OTHER NORTHAMPTON COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN PROVIDING THIS PROGRAM
The Northampton County Heroin and Opioid Task Force is pleased to announce the expansion of the Police Assisting in Recovery Program (PAIR). Four new police departments will begin providing this program in an effort to assist residents with substance use disorders and connect those individuals to drug and alcohol providers. Lower Saucon Township, Tatamy Borough, Bethlehem Township and Bushkill Township Police Departments will begin offering this program to their residents along with the City of Bethlehem, Easton, Bangor, and Colonial Regional Police Departments.
Unfortunately, heroin and opioid overdoses are a common occurrence in many communities. Each day, at least ten Pennsylvanians die of opioid or heroin overdoses. Although some strides have been made through education, the availability of naloxone, and the implementation of a prescription drug monitoring program, far too many individuals are still overdosing and dying from overdoses.
This program was developed by the Gloucester Police Department in 2015 as a revolutionary way to fight the war on drugs. PAIR is now being implemented in over 200 police departments across the country. PAIR is unique in that it brings law enforcement, drug and alcohol treatment providers and individuals seeking treatment together in an effort to reduce heroin and opioid use.
PAIR allows an individual struggling with a substance use disorder to walk into a participating police department seven days a week from 8:00 a.m.-midnight and ask for assistance. The police department will then arrange for a professional to complete a drug and alcohol assessment and assist with finding a treatment facility. A peer recovery support specialist will also be provided to support the individual during the recovery process.
This program was made possible with grants from Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation and Northampton County Drug and Alcohol.
Kristen Wenrich, Health Director
Bethlehem Health Bureau