9/27/16 Update: Seven People DIE in ONE DAY in Cleveland from overdoses! It probably is CARFENTANIL used to cut the heroin.
9/3/16 update: Now they are dropping like flies!! See HEROIN ADDICTS: GET HELP NOW – IT IS ONLY GETTING WORSE! Carfentanil Alert! And the Story of 225 Overdoses 4 days Later!
Talk to the Police Chief in YOUR area! These are people’s mothers, sisters, daughters, sons, brothers … DYING DAILY!! 🙁 !CALL me about this! YOU can make a huge difference. It will NOT take much of your time, I can tell you all about it in 5 minutes and then follow-up with an email containing a little more information for you! Ken Abraham 302-423-4067!
Email to Delaware Attorney General: Julia, will you please call this to his attention? Thanks!
Congratulations on joining the ranks of prosecutors’ offices with a division to review wrongful convictions. Let us hope it works as it should.
I read the recent article about your seeking more treatment for addicts. Perhaps you can actively encourage every police department in Delaware to better protect and serve not only by being fully equipped and prepared with Naloxone (Narcan) but by using and promoting the Angel Program, Hero Help, and similar initiatives … all based on The Gloucester Initiative.
Major Purcell of The Delaware State Police tells me that next week they are accelerating the in service training so that within about two months all 700+ Troopers will be trained to administer Narcan and each shift (there are 32 shifts statewide) will have 2 or 3 troopers equipped with Narcan available. Cost is the limiting factor, so not all troopers will carry it, but all will be trained and several on each shift will carry it. It’s a good step in the right direction, and should save many lives.
Major Purcell tells me they still are considering offering treatment through State Police outlets, but the Narcan program is the current priority. I understand that it can’t all be done at once; too bad the Legislature does not provide more funding for these kinds of things, which would reduce crime far better than our “lock ‘em up” policies.
Glad to see that you are aware of the concerns and the benefits of treatment vs incarceration; some are still stuck in the “bone age” (as in bone- headed … “tough on crime”). Thanks. Enjoy the weekend.
The Dover Chief of Police, Paul Bernat, has asked me to join with them at a Press Conference at Dover PD at 10:00 AM, Thursday, 6/30/16 where they will announce the start of this program, which I first suggested to him several months ago. GOOD NEWS!
I have been “bending his ear” about the war on drugs since the day he was named as Chief!
WE’RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! THIS WILL SAVE ADDICTS’ LIVES. I’m talking with the State Police, who are now looking into it.
Now we know that the Attorney General of Delaware is on board – below is his email to me – and I continue to talk with Major Purcell at the State Police. All good news as they work on this.
One problem is that basically the Departments are calling what is basically the same program by different names – “Angel Program”, “Hero Help”, and “Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative” which makes is hard for those seeking help, but I have mentioned this to Major Purcell.
Mr. Abraham – thanks for your message. DOJ was involved with the creation of the New Castle County Police Department’s “Hero Help” program, which is similar in several respects to my understanding of the Dover Police Department’s program that you reference, and we are happy to work with any other department that wants to undertake similar initiatives. The work that we did with the New Castle County Police Department would likely be helpful to other departments attempting to design similar programs.
YOU can save countless lives! Act BEFORE your son/daughter/other becomes addicted. If you think that is not possible, you don’t know much about addiction! If you have a loved one who is an addict you already know the value of this.
You don’t need to be a lawyer or a “fancy talker”!! YOU can do this! 🙂
CALL me about doing this in your town and state. It is EASY! I can tell you in 5 minutes exactly what to do and you WILL save lives if you take a little time to do it. Isn’t that better than sharing stuff to a handful of people on Facebook for hours?!
GET THIS STARTED IN YOUR AREA – JUST CALL ME AND I’LL TELL YOU HOW TO EASILY DO IT – 302-423-4067
Facebook post of July 22/16: I am all over this! Lori Lori J Dillon-Alberts will be meeting with the Smyrna Police Chief, I will meet with the head of Delaware State Police, Annette E. Blankenship will be meeting with a couple of police chiefs in VA … in what state are YOU going to save lives?? I have a call in to the Chief in Gloucester with a couple of questons – here is their contact info :http://gloucesterpd.com/tag/the-gloucester-initiative/
Are you a griper or a DOER?!
Yes, I say what I think …
What AILS some of you people?! You grouse and bitch here all day about addiction, accomplishing very little, when YOU CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE!
GET off your ass and Act! You don’t have to be a “fancy talker”, you don’t need to be “somebody”, LITTLE OLE YOU CAN SAVE LIVES. CALL ME AND I WILL TELL YOU HOW IN THREE MINUTES!
Excerpts from the Article:
In one year, the city of Dover saw heroin seizures increase by 871 percent. The number is more than four times the amount of any other drug seizure increase in the city and the largest increase Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat has seen in his 27 years of policing. A few years ago, heroin wasn’t a concern for his department, and now it’s all his officers see.
Despite an increase in street patrols and a targeted focus on drug crimes, Bernat is the first to admit his department — like many across the country — has lost the war on drugs.
Now, Bernat said, it’s time to offer treatment centers rather than jail cells to those with addiction. “It’s our duty to change the culture of the police department. We have to do something.”
Under Bernat’s leadership, Dover police will begin offering the Angel Program on Thursday, which will give those seeking help with their addiction access to immediate treatment. The program, modeled off of the original Angel Program from Gloucester, Massachusetts, allows anyone seeking treatment the opportunity to walk into the police station and ask for help with no repercussions. The News Journal wrote a series of stories this spring detailing how the Angel program works and its benefits.
Those with petty amounts of heroin and opiates encountered on the street by officers may also be offered the program depending on the circumstances. The key, Bernat said, is that officers will be professional, compassionate and understanding at all times to those having the courage to ask for help.
Police officers or Angel volunteers will then contact Connections, an addiction treatment provider with locations throughout Delaware, to get a person evaluated and matched with the treatment they need. Program participants will be taken to the Connections location at 1114 S. DuPont Highway, where further decisions regarding in-patient or out-patient treatment will be determined.
“I believe that no one will be turned away,” Bernat said. “The Connections representative assured me of that. And I think the citizens of Dover and Kent County deserve a chance.”
Last year, 125 people died from heroin overdoses in Delaware – a 7 percent increase over 2014. Eighty-three deaths were traced solely to heroin, and another 42 were tied to the potent painkiller fentanyl, rarely used without heroin. The Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office says another 105 died of prescription drug and cocaine overdoses.
Between Jan. 22 and May 17, 44 people died from fentanyl-related deaths, according to the state Division of Forensic Science. Five of those occurred in Kent County specifically, and the state Department of Health and Human Services has already said they expect to see more as the infiltration of fentanyl and W-18, the painkiller considered 100 times more potent than heroin, make their way through the state.
“We urge people to seek treatment for addiction rather than face an increasing risk of death from an overdose of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine or some combination of drugs,” said DHHS Secretary Rita Landgraf in a statement. “With the extreme potency of fentanyl, even one use can be deadly. … While relapse is part of this disease, we also know that treatment does work and people do recover.”
Read Drugs Kill More Americans than Cars or Guns, sent by our friends at LEAP