Cambridge like many communities throughout the United States is struggling with issues relating to drug dependence and opioid related overdoses. Drug abuse remains a complex problem with varying levels of frustration, disappointment and a loss of hope. The Cambridge Police Department has evaluated many strategies to combat this illness and formulated a comprehensive strategy collaborating with community partners to reduce the number of overdoses in our community. The following goals have been assigned:
- Educate, empower and motivate families with strategies aimed at problem solving and managing addiction
- Partner with community stakeholders to aid in the process of recovery
- Provide resources and options for detox, inpatient and outpatient services
- Reduce the stigma associated with addiction
- Instill a focused-treatment approach, not a jail approach
Detectives assigned to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) along with a staff Licensed Social Worker (LCSW) provide outreach to both potential and actual victims through the use of geo-mapping. Areas within the city have been identified as a result of reports and occurrences of overdose. It is the goal of personnel to make contact with an individual or loved one who has indicated the need for assistance and/or with victims during two identified vulnerable times -- the seeking and craving stage and at the time of overdose. Patrol and/or detectives respond to all reports of overdose along with EMS. A follow-up is conducted either in the field or at the treatment facility to listen and assess needs. A resource sheet is provided to the victim and family to educate and create an awareness. Assistance is provided for after-care placement and treatment. Coaching is provided with follow-up contact by a Licensed Social Worker (LCSW) and detective. The intervention and Coaching services provide for; research of the victim’s history, safety risk assessment, motivational interviewing, treatment options, treatment planning, coordination of care and continuation of treatment referrals.
See an example of this outreach here:
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