January 31, 2018 – A local police department in the Delaware Valley is taking an important step to bolster efforts to combat the disease of addiction and the drug epidemic by partnering with Malvern Institute and other treatment providers.
The Abington Township Police Department announced Tuesday the launch of Abington Police Assisting in Recovery, or APAIR, a new program to connect individuals struggling with addiction to treatment programs. Abington Chief of Police John A. Livingood believes the program is one more tool the department can use to fight the opioid crisis.
“We realize the importance of addressing the need for treatment in our community. By trying to make sure that help is readily available we hope more people will accept assistance” Livingood said.
Under the measure, any Abington Township resident struggling with addiction can enter an Abington Township Police Department and ask for help. The notified officer will contact a Certified Recovery Specialist for assistance. Treatment will be available 24/7, 365 days a year from Malvern Institute, Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health, Montgomery County Recovery Center-Center for Excellence and Access Services Mobile Crisis
APAIR is modeled after a successful program developed by the Bensalem Police Department.