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January, 2019. As part of the
continued and collaborative effort to
address opioid and prescription drug
abuse, the Delaware County Heroin
Task Force held its first meeting
of the year. Formed in September
2012 and chaired by District
Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland,
the Delaware County Heroin Task
Force is comprised of county and
government leaders, the judiciary,
healthcare professionals, treatment
providers, law enforcement,
individuals in long-term recovery,
community organizations, the Delaware County Intermediate
Unit (DCIU), and business leaders.
During the meeting, an update and overview was provided
including upcoming initiatives and areas of continued focus
going into the New Year. Among the key updates covered was
the countywide law enforcement Narcan program that began in
November 2014. Since its inception, a total of 1,409 individuals
have been saved with the use of Narcan by police. Additionally,
Delaware County has seen a reduction in the number of opioidrelated deaths over a one-year span. In 2018, there were a total
of 155 opioid related deaths as compared to 230 opioid related
deaths in 2017.
District Attorney Copeland noted that the Heroin Task Force
has made great strides over the past year, and will continue
to seek ways to save lives and also restore families and the
community. "Our Heroin Task Force works to be proactive and
forward thinking, and as we face each hurdle, we work with our
partners including our schools, community leaders, the medical
community, and law enforcement, while also applying best
practices and proactive measures within our criminal justice
system," said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. "With that
in mind, we recognize that in addition to connecting individuals
with treatment, there is a need to help individuals become
contributing members of the community through programs like
Second Chance Employment."
Through a collaborative effort with Delaware County's Office
of Workforce Development, Educational Data Systems (EDSI),
and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, a workforce
reintegration program known as Second Chance Employment
focuses on assisting individuals whose crimes are rooted in drug
addiction find gainful employment. Second Chance Employment
was the first of its kind in the state and one of only a few in the
country. The pilot program initially targeted women currently
in treatment at MVP Recovery, a community that offers a safe,

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sober, and structured living environment.
Through the Second Chance Employment program, these
individuals receive workforce development training including
assistance with resume writing, career counseling, and
interviewing skills. The program participants are also connected
to employment opportunities and job placement. Since the
program's inception one year ago 23 clients have been officially
enrolled, and 17 of them have obtained employment to date.
The program is now open to all Delaware County businesses
and residents. Those interested in learning more about Second
Chance Employment phone (610) 876-4855.
Part of the effort of the Heroin Task Force also includes
expanding the availability of Narcan to the public. Most recently,
the District Attorney launched an initiative to install Narcan in
AEDs located in county buildings, and is currently working with
colleges and universities to expand the program to install the lifesaving drug on their campuses in spring 2019.
Part of the effort includes reducing the availability of
prescription drugs. The Task Force also will continue its efforts
to collect and safely dispose of unwanted, expired medications.
This was an initiative that began in October 2013 and was
expanded with the creation of the Mobile Drug Collection Unit
through the District Attorney's Criminal Investigation Division,
which provides mobile drug boxes and a collection van available
to businesses and organizations upon request with plans to be at
various community events this spring. So far, a total of 14 tons of
drugs have been collected through the program.
Part of the focus of the Task Force includes taking a continued
holistic approach to criminal justice and providing assistance to
those whose minor crimes are rooted in drug addiction through
restorative justice programs and treatment courts including
Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Second Chance
Court under the supervision of Judge John P. Capuzzi and Drug
Treatment Court under the supervision of Judge Frank T. Hazel.
So far in two years, through the Second Chance Court, sixty
individuals have been connected to treatment. Since its inception,
217 individuals have graduated from Drug Treatment Court.
The Delaware County Task Force also is continuing its
effort of connecting residents to treatment through partner
organizations such as Crozer First Steps Recovery Center and
through the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) program,
and recovery houses and partner organizations such as MVP
Recovery. CRS specialists are available to residents 24-hours
a day, 7-days a week. Since the program started, the specialists
have engaged and outreached to more than 1,400 patients and
hundreds of family members or friends. Delaware County
residents can reach a CRS by phone at (610) 497-7278.


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