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Gowanda police join national program to help opioid addicts

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Police Department is now part of the national Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative to help opioid addicts recover, the department announced Monday. Since launching the effort locally the department has begun working with five addicts.

The program is designed to encourage users to seek recovery and link addicts to treatment programs and facilities while providing them access to life-saving opioid-blocking drugs.

Under the program addicts who seek police assistance in dealing with their problem are taken to hospitals for checkups and placed in a recovery program, rather than waiting until they are arrested and jailed or suffer an all-too-common overdose.

Users interested in help can contact the Gowanda Police at (716) 532-2020.