Opioid Response

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

Through the Department's innovative PARTNER (Providing Access to Resources, Treatment Needs, and Education for Recovery) Initiative, Detectives assigned to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) along with a staff Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) and Recovery Coach 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 Independent Social Worker 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.

Features support services, resources and contact names and numbers  


Contact Info

Unit Supervisor: Sergeant Louis Cherubino, 617-349-3360
Social Worker Case Manager: Sabrina Voegelin, LICSW, 617-349-9352

See an example of outreach here: 


Are you being impacted by someone close to you who has an alcohol, drug or gambling problem/addiction?  Making time for support and helping yourself is a priority. 

Addiction impacts a family’s finances, physical health and psychological wellbeing.  Learn about options for support by understanding the short and long-term impact of addiction on the family system. Identify ongoing community supports that are available for you and improve your quality of life.

Group are facilitated by Marianne Parent, LMHC MA. Please call 617-499-5665 ex 4065 with any questions and to reserve a seat in a future group.

Groups are held at Mount Auburn Hospital in the Clark Building, 1st floor.  Attendance is free. 

Visiting CPD

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Cambridge Police Department

Christine Elow
Police Commissioner

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125 Sixth Street
Cambridge MA 02142