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Those Struggling With Drug Addiction Have A Unique Place To Seek Help In New Jersey

2018-09-18T15:33:02-04:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

CBS Philly, September 2018 - There are many reasons people walk into police stations, usually to report a crime or because they’re accused of committing one. But since March, more than 50 people have gone to the Evesham Township police station ready to change their lives and deal with their drug addictions. It’s a program called “Straight to Treatment.” “There was one individual that they referred directly to us and within 15 hours we were able to get them into treatment and started on medication,” said Samantha Dowgin with Oaks Integrated Care. Oaks Integrated Care, a local addictions treatment provider, has partnered with Evesham Township as the first town in Burlington County to do the “Straight to Treatment” pilot [...]

Roundtable: The Opioid Epidemic

2018-07-05T11:18:17-04:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

SJ Magazine, July 2018 - Continuing their influential roundtable series on topics important to South Jersey, SJ Magazine’s Marianne Aleardi hosted 13 SJ leaders to discuss the widespread opioid epidemic. Participants shared passionate stories of their first-hand experiences working to combat the growing problem.   On what people say about addiction…  I hear this one a lot: “Didn’t they know better?” My message is: Look at me. I knew better. I treated probably 1,000 overdoses in my career as a paramedic. However, when it came down to an opportunity to numb hurtful things in my life, it just became an easy road to go down. If it was as simple as knowing better, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. -Stephen Kavalkovich The most horrible thing I [...]

Evesham program drops fear of charges for those who drop drugs

2018-03-26T13:14:44-04:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage|

Courier Post, March 23, 2018- The Evesham Police Department is inviting drug users to come to its headquarters on any Monday, without fear of arrest, to find treatment options. They'll even be able to turn in any drugs or related paraphernalia without being charged with possession. Evesham is the first police department in Burlington County to participate in the new “Straight ... to Treatment” program initiated by the county Prosecutor’s Office. It's patterned after an Ocean County program that began more than a year ago. “We want to get an individual the help they came in for, and anyone who comes will be treated with compassion and evaluated," Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced during a news conference Friday at Evesham police [...]

New Drug Treatment Program In Burlington County Allows Residents To Walk In And Ask For Help

2018-03-23T17:41:37-04:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Press Coverage, Home Page|

KYW News Radio, March 23, 2018 - Burlington County is kicking off a program next week that gives residents addicted to drugs a way to get the help they need in short order. The “Straight to Treatment” program will operate every Monday from noon to 7 p.m. at the Evesham Township Police headquarters. County residents can show up, turn in their drugs, and either go into treatment with Oaks Integrated Care or at least walk out with a plan. “Police are obligated to check on any outstanding warrants concerning the individual and must do their job as law enforcement if such warrants exist,” Coffina told KYW Newsradio. “However, Evesham PD is committed to working with the participant, the municipal court [...]