Following in the footsteps of other Mercer County Police Departments, the Hopewell Township Police Department is proud to announce the launch of the Hopewell C.A.R.E. (Community Addiction Recovery Effort) initiative.
Unfortunately, opiate addiction has become a nationwide epidemic. Since 2015, the Hopewell Township Police Department has responded to approximately eight drug overdose calls in which Narcan was deployed.
Through a partnership with the Recovery Advocates of America and City of Angels organizations, our officers will be able to offer a pathway to recovery for those people arrested in Hopewell Township or Hopewell Borough for the possession of, or being under the influence of, a controlled dangerous substance. The Hopewell Township Police Department will provide a safe setting for a person struggling with addiction to meet with a trained recovery coach who will offer guidance and access to treatment to begin the recovery process.
The C.A.R.E. program will also be activated when a person, not under arrest, seeks assistance from the police department for a substance abuse disorder or when an officer suspects that a person may be struggling with a substance abuse disorder.
Other partners supporting this initiative include the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance and the Hopewell Valley Regional School District.
“Getting immediate help for individuals who may be suffering from a substance use disorder, particularly opioids, is critical, and I believe this program is a sensible step forward for our community,” stated Hopewell Township Mayor Kevin Kuchinski.
“Unfortunately over the last several years we found it necessary to have the conversations about pain medication addiction and heroin abuse,” said Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance Coordinator Heidi Kahme. “We are thrilled the Hopewell Township Police department is launching this important program for our community.”