1) SAFE Project Joints PTACC as National Partner
PTACC is excited to announce our newest National Partner S.A.F.E. Project. We'll be sharing their good work to save lives from the still growing opioid epidemic with you. Welcome!
S.A.F.E. Project is a national non-profit, working through a collaborative, multi-pronged and non-partisan approach to end the nation's catastrophic addiction epidemic. S.A.F.E. was founded in November 2017 by the former ninth vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James, and long-time military family advocate, Mary Winnefeld, following the loss of their 19-year old son Jonathan to an accidental opioid overdose.
The Winnefelds have built a S.A.F.E. team of experts who strive for meaningful action through programs based in its unique six interdependent lines of operation, and lead efforts that are unifying, evidence-based seek meaningful metrics to achieve S.A.F.E. Communities and S.A.F.E. Campuses across the nation.
Take a minute to learn more about S.A.F.E. Project here
2) The Value of Restorative Justice in Policing our Communities
**We're sharing this October 1 webinar from PTAC National Founding Partner LEAP. The presentation will be done by one of LEAP's new speakers, Chief Mike Butler of Longmont, Colorado.**
You've probably heard of restorative justice, but how does a law enforcement agency actually put it into practice as a centerpiece of their enforcement strategy?
Chief Butler has transformed the police department's role in Longmont by diverting offenders from the criminal justice system to a restorative justice process. Restorative justice conferences require offenders to take responsibility and speak directly to the crime survivors. They reduce reoffending and increase the victim's sense that justice has been served, all while avoiding the criminal justice system. Chief Butler has transformed the culture of his department so that officers now prefer to divert individuals out of the traditional justice system and into the restorative justice process.
The webinar will be held Monday, Oct 1st at 1pm EDT/10am PDT. To access the webinar via video, visit https://zoom.us/j/859614729. For audio only: Call 408 638 0968 and enter Meeting ID: 859 614 729
3) BJA Launches Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Resource Center
The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) Resource Center is now live at www.coapresources.org! COAP is an online one-stop shop for information about the COAP initiative, is live The COAP Resource Center will be updated frequently with new information, resources, training opportunities, and announcements to assist a wide variety of users (including COAP grantees, peer recovery coaches, policymakers, partner agencies and stakeholder associations, and concerned family members affected by the opioid crisis).
The materials in the COAP Resource Center will support effective state, local, and tribal responses to the opioid epidemic. Check out this new federal resource at https://www.coapresources.org/
4) Rolling Stone Magazine: Fentanyl Changed the Opioid Epidemic. Now It’s Getting Worse
The super-potent opioid is getting cut in at every level, and is spreading west. Now, experts say, it could replace heroin entirely
If you talk to Tony Parilla, he’ll be the first to tell you that his New York City junkie credentials are impressive. He started shooting dope as a teenager, back when the North Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up was more Serpico than Girls, and the Lower East Side was a drug-addled hardcore Xanadu.
“You’d walk into an apartment through a hole in the wall, you’d cop in another apartment, and [then] walk out of a completely different building,” says Parilla, 51, who’s been shooting heroin for the past 35 years.
“[Since] I was 15,” he says. “You know, [heroin’s] a beautiful feeling. But it’s not a feeling I would recommend anybody [else] chase.”
Read the full Rolling Stone article here.
Our 2019 Conference will be held March 4-7, 2019
in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.