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Using Law Enforcement to Improve Treatment Initiation and Recovery

Volume 83 Number 2
September 2019

The Hero Help program was implemented in New Castle County, DE, by the county police department to reduce the number of opioid-related overdoses and associated fatalities. To enhance the program's efficiency, the police department hired a full-time Hero Help Coordinator. The authors conducted a preliminary process and impact evaluation that showed the hiring significantly increased successful outcomes for participants.