As National Recovery Month comes to a close, we are excited to share the beginning of a crucial partnership between the Grants Pass Police Department and Adapt Integrated Health Care. This collaboration in the City of Grants Pass aims to combat drug and alcohol addiction, prevent overdoses, and seamlessly connect individuals to substance use disorder services.
Here's how it works: When a 911 call is made for a suspected drug overdose, Adapt Integrated Health Care's "Recovery Mentors" will be alerted as police officers and medical personnel are dispatched. After ensuring the area is secure, Grants Pass Police Officers will attempt to facilitate a "warm handoff" to Adapt's Recovery Mentors. This approach underscores our commitment to supporting individuals battling substance use disorders by actively promoting access to addiction recovery services.
In 2022, Grants Pass Police, Fire, and EMS responded to 96 overdose calls, with 11 resulting in suspected overdose deaths. This year, we have already addressed 137 overdoses, with 14 suspected overdose deaths, emphasizing the urgency and importance of this new partnership.
As we disseminate this information to the media, it’s essential to underscore the profound impact this partnership seeks to make in our community. The coordination between the Grants Pass Police Department and Adapt Integrated Health Care epitomizes a unified front in addressing addiction and overdose crises head-on. This collaborative initiative not only reflects our dedication to safeguarding and enhancing the well-being and health of our community but also serves as a practical model for other cities grappling with similar challenges.