Safe Passages Initiative helps at large addicts tackle addiction with help of police

Julian Rogers

Julian Rogers

Focus Area: 
Safety
Location: 
The Greater Cleveland Area
Academic Department: 
Social Work
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Dr. Stoddard Dare (Left) elaborates on the project with a Safe Passages volunteer and Police Officer
Purpose: 
With a four-fold increase since 1999, accidental drug overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in Ohio. Designed to help address the heroin epidemic locally, the Safe Passages initiative is a novel intervention which allows substance abusers to voluntarily to turn themselves into police in exchange for help seeking treatment.
Outcomes: 
CSU has partnered with the Safe Passages initiative which aims to encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery; distribute life-saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses, connect addicts with treatment programs and facilities; collaborate with other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight this epidemic; and reduce the stigma commonly thought of when dealing with an “addict.”
Supporters/Contributors: 
Dr. Stoddard-Dare, Dr. Tedor, Dr. Ingersoll, and Dr. Quinn are working with volunteers, police, and police liaisons from the police departments in Berea and Olmsted Falls affiliated with the Safe Passages program. These CSU professors are providing training and evaluation services for this innovative program.
Benefit to Community: 
This project is important because it will demonstrate the value (or not) of this novel intervention designed in part to save the lives of community residents struggling with addiction. This program also assists CSU in cultivating it’s newly established, valued, collaboration with St. Vincent Charity Hospital. Further this research promotes CSU’s mission of community engagement and “innovative collaboration.”
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Julian Rogers
Julian Rogers serves as the Director of Community Partnerships with Cleveland State University. Prior to that, he was a member of the inaugural Cuyahoga County Council.

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