GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Impressed by the same program on the east coast and the passing of his niece from overdose, Lieutenant Dennis ward has created a brand new initiative of his personal referred to as “A New Manner Dwelling”.
The lack of his niece, Rebecca, in 2019, is likely one of the foremost causes Lieutenant Dennis Ward is taking motion on drug abuse.
“She was initially in a automotive accident and prescribed some opiates,” stated Lt. Ward.
However the authorized medicine, led to unlawful ones, as Rebecca battled her dependancy.
“[She] ended up stepping into heroin itself and had an extended wrestle, most likely 10 plus yr wrestle, earlier than she died of the problems that have been related to drug abuse.”
Seeking to create change, Lt. Ward is hoping to assist struggling addicts in Grants Move.
It’s just like a program again east referred to as ‘Police Assisted Habit and Restoration Initiative’ or ‘PARRI’. The brand new program he’s creating is named “A New Manner Dwelling.”
“My brother and sister-in-law really got here up with the title itself as a result of they, similar to any guardian, needed their child to return residence,” stated Lt. Ward.
He says drug use is an issue in Grants Move.
“This yr alone, Grants Police carry narcan, we’ve used it 37 occasions.”
“A New Manner Dwelling” permits addicts in possession of a managed substance to return to the police division and ask for assist, with out the worry of getting arrested. “We acknowledge that typically once you have a look at us, our uniform could be a barrier. We’re saying ‘hey, are available, allow us to enable you out,” Lt. Ward stated.
Non-profit Choices for Southern Oregon is partnering with Grants Move Division of Public Security on this system.
It’s director Rick Jones, believes this system can create constructive change. He says drug abuse has gotten worse through the pandemic.
“You’re not going to jail. Persons are not going to count on extra out of you than what you’ll be able to put forth. We’re going to fulfill you the place you’re at and truly assist you determine what it’s worthwhile to do subsequent,” stated Jones.
Jones says assist is accessible and encourages drug customers to achieve out and benefit from the initiative.
“What do they should do immediately to get secure? Whether or not that’s housing, residential therapy or detox.”
“Medication are associated to numerous the calls that we reply to in a technique, form or type. Drug abuse is an enormous factor in our neighborhood, so something we will do to have an effect on that on the constructive facet can be nice,” stated Lt. Ward.
To be taught extra in regards to the initiative, contact the Grants Move Division of Public Security.
NBC5 Information reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the College of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Diploma in journalism. She additionally minored in sociology.
At school, she lined Oregon athletics for the student-run tv station, Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, she’s studying, mountain climbing and rooting for her favourite groups, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Geese.