Farmington Hills PD Takes ‘Compassionate Approach’ for Opioid Addicts | Local News

Another Oakland County law enforcement group has partnered with Families Against Narcotics to establish what is described as a compassionate approach to dealing with opioid abuse.

The Farmington Hills Police Department is now one of 17 Michigan Police Departments that have created a FAN Comeback Rapid Response Team, an initiative to help those struggling with addictions.

Within 72 hours of a non-fatal drug overdose, the team visit a home where a first responder helped manage the life-threatening event.

The team – made up of a police officer, a certified peer recovery coach and a certified family recovery coach – aims to contact the person who has overdosed and their family to “offer compassion, support, information and assistance in obtaining recovery services, in addition to connecting the individual and family to community resources, ”as stated in a press release from the Farmington Hills Police Department.

One goal is to “prove that when it comes to the disease of addiction, compassion is really greater than stigma”.

The program’s debut in Michigan took place in February 2020 with the Sterling Heights Police Department and was later adopted by Oakland County Police Departments including Troy, Waterford, Berkley, Madison Heights, Oak Park and Ferndale as well as elsewhere in the state, including Allen Park, Roseville, Taylor, Saginaw, Midland, Gaylord and Grayling, and by the County Sheriff’s Offices of Crawford and Otsego.

Detectives Joe Mertes, Bob Gerak, Matt Smith, Sgt. Chad Double and Travis Malott are members of the Farmington Hills Rapid Response Team.

Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King noted that the initiative builds on the Hope Not Handcuffs program established by FAN.

“The Rapid Response Team is the next evolution of Families Against Narcotics and the Farmington Hills Police Department’s commitment to saving lives and addressing substance use disorders in our community,” did he declare. “We are proud to partner with FAN to bring this great program to the citizens of Farmington Hills. “

Funding was provided by Impact100 Oakland County, an organization that supports nonprofit organizations in Oakland County. As of March 2021, Quick Response Team programs supported by Impact100 Oakland County have reportedly made 56 home visits and provided resources and support to 40 families.

Robyn Roberts, Impact100 Oakland County board member and director of external communications, said the organization was inspired by FAN’s mission and efforts to provide recovery resources. “Impact100 OC is amazed by the success of the QRT program and we are absolutely thrilled with the launch of Farmington Hills,” she said in the press release. “

Families Against Narcotics is a Macomb County-based nonprofit organization that strives to educate communities statewide about substance abuse, dispel the stigma associated with the disease, and support and help with compassionate those affected. Its initiatives include Hope Not Handcuffs and the Comeback Rapid Response Team’s post-overdose wellness control program.

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