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The alarming reality of this widespread opioid epidemic has created an urgent need to work together as a community to reverse these trends. According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 175 Americans die every day from drug overdoses.
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The C.A.R.E. initiative is a network of community stakeholders who will facilitate education, prevention and improve access to treatment and recovery support for those struggling with drug addiction. The program ensures help for those seeking assistance without fear of arrest or prosecution.
Education – juvenile programs
Operation Take Back – safe and legal method for the public to dispose unwanted/unused/expired medication
Partnering with Pharmacy’s and Doctors on identifying fraudulent prescription requests consistent with criminal activity
Investigating crimes related to drug use
Recovery Advocates of America is a local non-profit organization local to the area that provides addiction recovery services.
Community Addiction Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E.) was designed by the Plainsboro Police Department at the request of the Plainsboro Township Committee. The police, Mayor and Committee met with community leaders to discuss the need for such a program and how best to approach it. Meetings were held with addiction recovery specialists, police officers and faith based organizations including the Princeton Alliance Church, First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro, and the Queenship of Mary Church. Other meetings were held with the Princeton Medical Center at Plainsboro, the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District, Recovery Advocates of America, and the Plainsboro Municipal Court Judge and Public Defender.
The program will allow us to engage with the community and work together to combat the negative effects of drugs.