Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and District Attorney David M. Hoovler joined the County Legislature on Thurs., Aug. 1 to announce that the County has provided $10,000 in funding to the Orange County Police Chief’s Association for training, promotional materials and marketing efforts for the Hope Not Handcuffs Hudson Valley community-based volunteer program.
Hope Not Handcuffs, part of the Tri-County Partnership coalition, has been effective in curbing the opioid and narcotic epidemic. Seventy-two people in Orange County have died this year due to opioid overdoses.
Hope Not Handcuffs, launched in 2017 and introduced in Orange County in 2019, is an initiative aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help reducing dependency on any substance including heroin, prescription drugs, and alcohol. Anyone with a substance abuse issue can go to a participating law enforcement agency and ask for help. They will be greeted with compassion and respect and an Angel volunteer will be called to assist until a treatment option is found.
Some of the resources available to someone who is struggling with opioid addiction include:
Hope Not Handcuffs Hudson Valley: 833-428-4673 (HOPE), firstname.lastname@example.org;
O.C. Dept. of Mental Health: 291-2600; email@example.com
O.C. Crisis Call Center: 1-800-832-1200, 24 hours a day;
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) of Orange County: 845-294-9000, www.adacinfo.com;
Mental Health Association of Orange County: 1-800-832-1200 (24 hours/7 days a week), www.mhorangeny.com;
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK.
For more information about the signs and symptoms of abuse, go to combatheroin.ny.gov.
Free Narcan training is available in Orange County. Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is a medication that can potentially save someone’s life. It reverses the effects of opioid medication, including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness. For information about Narcan training, contact the County’s Department of Mental Health at 291-2600.