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Those Struggling with Addiction are Encouraged to Take Advantage of the "Blue Hart" Program

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STAFFORD - The Blue Hart (Heroin, Addiction, Response Team) is a cooperative Law Enforcement Initiative to assist individuals with a substance abuse disorder.  The program was introduced approximately one year ago and is a great resource to fight the opiate epidemic in Ocean County.  

The Blue Hart program works directly with municipal police departments and treatment providers to assist Ocean County residents into treatment.

The strength of the program is that any person who voluntarily enters one of the police departments on the scheduled day and time and requests help with their addiction to heroin, opiates or any substance will be immediately screened for potential participation in the Blue HART Program.

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According to a news release from the office of the Ocean County Prosecutor: 

"The program is the latest initiative on the heels of Narcan and the Recovery Coach Program to offer substantial diversion help in order to reduce the impact of heroin and opiate abuse in our community, while encouraging those who suffer from addiction to seek help and experience recovery."

The Police Departments participating are:

  • LACEY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
    808 West Lacey Road, Forked River, New Jersey 08731
    609-693-6636
    (MONDAY 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)

 

  • STAFFORD TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
    260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050
    609-597-8581
    (TUESDAY 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)

 

  • MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
    1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, New Jersey
    732-657-2009
    (WEDNESDAY 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)
     
  • BRICK TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
    401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, New Jersey 08723
    732-262-1100
    (THURSDAY 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)

Other Ocean County Police Departments are preparing and training to become participants in this program in the future. 

 

The following health care / treatment providers are involved in the program:

  • SUNRISE DETOX
    16 Whitesville Road  Suite A, Toms River, New Jersey 08753
    732-797-2502
     
  • INTEGRITY HOUSE
    310 Main Street, Suite B-2nd Floor, Toms River, New Jersey 08753
    848-238-7000 x406
     
  • PREFERRED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
    700 Airport Road, Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
    732-367-4700
     
  • OCEAN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
    687 Atlantic City Boulevard #1  Bayville, New Jersey 08721
    732-269-4849
     
  • LIFE LINE RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICE
    108 Indian Head Road  Toms River, New Jersey 08753
    888-520-0040

 

The brochure with detailed information can be accessed here

Additional information along with the complete press release about the BLUE HART program from Joseph Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor can be accessed here

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