The Advocate: Think Tank Tackles Addiction Solutions

NEWARK - With the help of the Newark Police Department and the Newark Think Tank on Poverty, a new solution to drug addiction could be coming to town.

Newark Police Chief Barry Connell spoke to the think tank Saturday, introducing addiction recovery initiatives law enforcement agencies have used with varying success.

He said he's been working with Patricia Perry and Colleen Richards, two representatives from Addicts' Parents United, a support group for families dealing with a relative's addiction, to bring some of those initiatives to Newark.

"Everybody knows someone who is an addict," Richards said. "I'm not giving up this fight until I'm done. Until I die, I will not give up."

Connell outlined a program that would allow people with addiction to seek help through the police department, similar to an initiative started in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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