Heroin has had a significant effect on our community and department. The wide availability of
heroin combined with the ever decreasing cost of the drug has resulted in addiction and deaths
in every community across the country. Opiate overdose fatalities are the number one cause of
injury related fatalities in the United States.
The Greenfield Police Department believes traditional police practices have had little to no affect
on this problem that is facing our community. Because of this, the CAARE (Cops Assisting
Addiction Recovery) program was created. As the Greenfield Police Department continues to
strive to reduce the availability of illicit opiate drugs in our community, we have now forged
partnerships with numerous local social service agencies to work collaboratively on intervention
and the treatment of opiate abuse.
The goals of the CAARE Program are:
• Reduce the incidence of opiate and heroin related deaths within the community.
• Reduce the number of young people addicted to opiates and heroin.
• Present residents of the city of Greenfield and those who have attended Greenfield schools
with a chance at recovery without fear of arrest by law enforcement.
• To connect heroin/opiate addicts with treatment programs and counselors, while building
trust within the community.
• To expand access to addiction treatment options and resources.
• To empower and motivate families and the community by providing new strategies aimed
at problem solving and managing addiction cases toward successful recovery.
The CAARE Program will provide referral and assistance to participants at no cost.
-Whenever possible, private health insurance will be accessed and used to fund
treatment. The choice of treatment options will include assessment of the participant's ability
to leverage insurance benefits, homelessness and the availability of a support system.
-Individuals without the financial means to pay for treatment and who do not qualify for health
insurance will receive care at no cost, funded through the Department.
-Participants must be at least 18 years of age, unless approved by the C.A.A.R.E program
coordinator, Chief of Police and the juvenile's legal guardian.
VOLUNTARY TURN-IN AND REFERRAL
Individuals suffering from heroin or opiate addiction who voluntarily appear at the Greenfield
Police Department and express a desire to enter TREATMENT may turn-in opiates, heroin or
paraphernalia without fear of arrest.