Modeled after the Gloucester Massachusetts Angel Program, Gateway was developed by the Ashland Police Department in partnership with the Addictions Recovery Center (ARC) to support treatment options for people with a drug and/or alcohol dependency.
Who can we help? Any adult who enters the Ashland Police Department, or is contacted in the field by a police officer, and requests help with their addiction to controlled substances and/or alcohol. A Priority Assessment Voucher will be given to the person seeking help. The voucher can then be presented at the ARC where they will be evaluated for treatment.
If a person walks into the Ashland Police Department and requests help with their addiction, and is in possession of a controlled substance or narcotics paraphernalia, they will NOT be charged. The Ashland Police Department will continue to support a nationwide effort to reduce the number of fatal and nonfatal overdoses to people suffering from addiction.
The Ashland Police Department has also partnered with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) to take direct action against the disease of drug and alcohol addiction. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, the Ashland Police Department and P.A.A.R.I. are committed to:
1. Encouraging drug users to pursue recovery options.
2. Connecting addicts with treatment programs and facilities.
3. Providing resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the drug addiction epidemic.
Working in conjunction with the medical community and science-based recovery programs, the Ashland Police Department can make a difference in the Rogue Valley by saving lives from drug overdoses, reducing the number of drug addicts and opioid drug demand, thereby devaluing a seemingly endless drug supply. We want to remove the stigma associated with drug addiction, turning the conversation toward the disease of addiction rather than the crime of addiction.
All Ashland Police Officers having contact with anyone requesting help with their addiction will be professional, compassionate and understanding at all times.