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30+ People Sent to Rehab During First Week of Brick PD Program to Avoid Heroin Arrest

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Heroin (File Photo/ Dimitris Kalogeropoylos/ Flickr)
Heroin (File Photo/ Dimitris Kalogeropoylos/ Flickr)

Brick officials say more than 30 people addicted to drugs admitted their problems and agreed to get on the road to recovery during the first week of a program in which addicts can come to the Brick Township police department without threat of arrest and ask for help.

“Hopefully, that’s 30 lives saved,” said Brick Mayor John Ducey. “Hopefully they’ll get themselves better, get themselves healthy, and go back to being productive citizens.”

Under the program, being piloted in Brick and Manchester, an addicted person can come to the police department one day each week, turn in their substances without the threat of arrest, and ask for help.

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Known as HARP  – which stands for Heroin Addiction Response Program – the initiative has been created through a partnership between the two police departments and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as Preferred Behavioral Health and Integrity House of Toms River. Any person who voluntarily enters the two participating departments and requests help with addiction to heroin or opiates – or any substance – shall be immediately screened for potential participation in HARP. 

The screening is done with care and dignity, said one Brick councilwoman who personally knew the family of one of the program’s participants.

“This young man was really on his last legs and asked for mercy,” said Councilwoman Marianna Pontoriero. “His mother had tried to get him inpatient care at least four to five times and they only gave him two weeks.”

Under the police department’s program, a 30 day recovery program is provided, for no charge if a person does not have medical insurance.

“You could tell that they really wanted this young man to succeed,” Pontoriero said of the Brick officers who took him into the program. “Within a few hours, he was placed at another facility and he was doing extraordinarily well.”

Word has gotten out, and it is apparent that more people will be taking advantage of the opportunity to beat addiction.

“While we were sitting there doing intake, another person walked in seeking help,” Pontoriero said.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    If rehab worked there would be no problems…it never works the first time…sometimes never at all

    • Kimberleely

      You are right. But it’s a start. 4-6 months at least, would be better

      • Karen Esa

        Agree

    • RG

      It ONLY works when an addict WANTS help. Doesn’t matter if it’s their 1st time or 100th.

    • Karen Esa

      Stay positive no negativity

    • unclecid

      This statement makes you sound like an idiot.

    • Karen Esa

      You really a poor excuse. Thats horrible.

  • Make America Greater

    I like the idea of this but who pays for this?
    I hope not the Brick tax payers.
    Who pays for the rehab treatment?

    • Kris Kopsaftis

      It costs a lot less than jail ink them for years. And hopefully it stops crime and helps make our communities safer. I’ll happily pay for this with my tax dollars.

      • Make America Greater

        Pay with your own money.

      • Spencer Trilby

        Excellent. Pay with your own tax dollars. I don’t want my money going towards weak minded deviants.

      • Chuck Gudehus

        I think they should get help but also should have to pay they made that choice if they don’t pay they won’t realize what it dose cost and will not take it as real if they did have to pay help them pay find them a job and take money out each week monitor them if they need help everyone agrees they rehab usually don’t work 1 st time if we gonna have to pay as tax dollars than make them pay it back to show them this is what ur actions have cost u went down this road and cost not only ur family but the whole community. we need more police and 1 st aid to to and stop and prevent this from happening yes I agree taxes should get them in cause we need our kids to stop this cause it’s getting out of hand but it not gonna help 80% of them with just 30 days and we can’t just keep letting them do it over cause they are almost all gonna fail if we
        just give them 30 days they need more help and it will cost to much but if we get them clean and make them work and pay off while they working we garish there pay and weekly pee test or we just pay for the 30 days and how many times we let them do this they have to have some kind of punishment if we get them clean than go back so that would be a big waste of time N lots of money that people who pay taxes and work and don’t have this to worried about why should they have to pay but if we do get them clean and get them jobs that helps everyone them to stay clean and pays back the taxes that were spent on this and also makes our country strong by them paying taxes and getting them on track as a positive gain towards Society

    • Karen Esa

      I know i do fundraisers to help.

    • realcheeseyo

      I’m 100% ok with my tax dollars going to this.

      • Make America Greater

        Then donate your time and money.

      • Kris Kopsaftis

        Wow. You sound like an awful human being. Let’s hope nobody in your family ever needs help. Thankfully Most people are generally decent.

      • Make America Greater

        Someone in my family does need help thank you, and I pay for it.
        It’s not easy paying taxes and paying for insurance and paying for out of pocket expenses.
        I do not want non violent addicts put in jail, but I cant afford to pay for their rehab.
        Give them treatment and then send them the bill.

      • Karen Esa

        You can contact me. I will get that person free help

      • Make America Greater

        Not looking for handouts.
        I’m no moocher.
        Nothing is “free”.

      • Karen Esa

        Oh really well if you know anything. Most of the best rehabs are free

      • Make America Greater

        Decent like you?

      • Karen Esa

        Most. There are some good ones …..would rather give taxs dollors for raises. Lmfaooooo. Help someone in need. They wouldnt be so miserable

      • Spencer Trilby

        Wow. Yes, I would rather pay more taxes than receive a raise. Something only someone who either does not have a job or is on public assistance…

      • realcheeseyo

        I already do. I put my time in money into things I care about vs complaining about things on a news article. Selfishness isn’t going to “Make America Great Again”

      • Karen Esa

        So do I

      • Karen Esa

        Your a great person

  • Goodgrief

    It would be interesting to know the total costs involved here. A updated list would be great.

  • Karen Esa

    Fabulous. All negative comments are from people who have never had to go threw this Suffer a lose watch a child die. Pray. And dont judge please. Leave that part for God

    • Frank Rizzo

      How do you know my past or history….by this statement it is YOU who is judging

      • J W

        Stop with the playground crap Grand Wizard. You’re the nastiest and most judgemental person on here

      • Make America Greater

        President Trump!
        Hillary the loser.
        J W the phony black woman.

      • J W

        More like President Traitor.

      • Spencer Trilby

        More like angry black woman,

      • Karen Esa

        Must agree to that

  • Jersey Devil ™

    This destroys a family. Sad.

  • Make America Greater

    Dont jail non violent addicts but they must be responsible for paying for the rehab.
    Not me.
    I have my own problems and bills to pay. Cant afford to pay for druggies who chose their path.
    I wish them well and I hope they succeed.

    • Karen Esa

      Here we go. If a family member had cancer or aids and you had no money no health insurance. Would you say that ?

      • Spencer Trilby

        Yes. No one knowingly injects themselves with cancer or HIV.

  • unclecid

    “Within a few hours, he was placed at another facility and he was doing extraordinarily well.”

    I guess just wait a few more hours lmao…

  • jeffJ1

    This is great. I’d like to know more about how the pilot program is being funded, and how something like this might realistically be funded going forward. It’s expensive to lock people up but it’s expensive to put them in intensive recovery programs too.