NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Peter Pisar, the Middlesex County Republican Candidate for Sheriff, was the recent guest at the monthly meeting of Young People in Recovery – New Brunswick Chapter. Peter provided the group with a variety of proactive initiatives to help battle drug addiction and provide support for county residents who are in recovery and seeking to change their lives.
Young People in Recovery is a national non-profit, grassroots advocacy organization that creates recovery-ready communities for young people in, or seeking, recovery. The organization’s 150 chapters, which are located across the country, work to improve access to treatment, educational resources, employment opportunities, and secure, quality housing on the local, state, and national levels. Young People in Recovery was founded four years ago, with New Brunswick serving as the first chapter.
“In 2014, Middlesex County had the highest growth rate in the state for heroin deaths,” said Peter. “In many cases prescription drugs serve as a dangerous gateway drug, which is destroying more and more individuals, families and communities. We need a comprehensive strategy to address this epidemic, including ending the rampant drug dealing on our streets, strong partnerships with law enforcement and tangible support mechanisms for those addicted to drugs and want to end the vicious cycle of abuse. I am very pleased to have had the chance to meet and share my ideas with Young People in Recovery, and was impressed by the group’s members who remain dedicated, accomplished and passionate about helping others.”
Some of the ideas Peter Pisar shared at the meeting, included:
- Utilizing specialized sheriff officers to work with local police in locating, arresting and helping convict serial drug dealers.
- Augmenting drug treatment for those who complete their initial 30-day rehabilitation/detoxification by providing added support, housing and monitoring for an additional 30 days. This can greatly assist those in recovery as they learn strategies and skills to prepare them for when they assimilate back into the community.
- Support local law enforcement initiatives, e.g. Operation Hope, which was recently adopted by the town of West Orange. This program allows individuals a chance to hand their drugs over to police without having to fear arrest.
- Educate local employment agencies/companies about the importance of giving those in recovery employment opportunities, increased responsibilities in the workplace and ongoing support from management.
- Multi-layered education for different groups within the community – in the schools, provide students with important lessons about the dangers of drugs; educate parents so that they may be able to detect potential use/abuse by their children; engage in consistent discussions with community groups, leaders, and officials.
Young People in Recovery New Brunswick Chapter Lead Erik Beresnoy said, “We are fighting an uphill battle against substance use disorder, and the continual wave of loss due to drug overdose. The problem has only gotten worse over the last four years as this number has steadily increased in NJ, which sits at three times the national average. We are glad that Peter Pisar has taken the time to sit with us and talk about how we can effectively change our communities and how we treat substance use disorder.”
Peter introduced his drug-fighting strategies last year and he regularly meets with a variety of professionals throughout Middlesex County, including police, physicians, therapists, non-profit groups and members of the public. Peter believes that partnerships and collaboration are key components to meeting the drug issue head-on and defeating it.
Peter is a retired Middlesex County Sheriff’s officer who began his career as a dispatcher. He later served with the department’s Investigation Division, Statewide Offender Apprehension Task Force, andCriminal Identification Unit. In addition, Peter also helped ensure the safety and security for those inside the Middlesex County Courthouse.
Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, Peter worked in the private sector and helped guide several companies within Middlesex County, as well as outside the United States. A proven leader, Peter’s financial management skills led to the development of cost-saving hiring practices by the businesses he managed and he supervised budgets in excess of one-billion dollars.
As a member of the United States Armed Forces, Peter proudly served in the Army’s 260th Military Police Division. He is fluent in Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish.
To learn more about Peter Pisar, and his fellow Middlesex County Republican running mates, please visit www.middlesexgop.net.