Burlington County Attorney Scott Coffin and Bordentown County Police Chief Brian Pesche have announced that a drug treatment program that allows people to walk off the street to the police station to seek help with a drug addiction disorder has recently become available in the city.
The Straight Treatment to Treatment program will run every Wednesday at the Bordentown Township Police Station on 1 Municipal Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. addiction. Township Bordentown becomes the fifth municipality to offer the program, joining Evesham, Pemberton, Burlington and Mount Holly.
“With the addition of Bordentown Township, we have once again increased the scope of the program and will be able to provide more effective services to those who seek to overcome drug-related disorders and change their lives,” said prosecutor Kofina. “I am grateful to the township, Chief Peshe and the City of Angels for their partnership and commitment to offering this much-needed service.” Chief Peshe urged those in need to take advantage of the program.
“The Bordentown Police Department is pleased to join the Burlington County Attorney’s Office’s ‘Right … to Treatment’ initiative and offer addiction treatment to residents of the North of Burlington County who are struggling with addiction,” Peshe said. “Everyone who comes to our department asking for help will be treated with compassion, and our ultimate goal is to help these people break out of the circle of addiction.”
Right … pre-treatment allows people who are addicted to go to the police departments involved and be connected to a treatment program. Police officers work with them to clear warrants, and participants can also surrender any drugs or narcotics that are in them and not be charged with drug possession crimes.
Insurance is not required to receive assistance through Straight Treatment to Treatment, and is also not a residence in Burlington County. The program aims to make help available at a critical time when someone decides to seek help.
The first Straight… to Treatment program opened in Ivesham in March 2018. Six months later it expanded to Pemberton. The City of Burlington began providing services in April 2019, and the Mount Holly program began in October 2020.
Since the founding of the program, more than 500 people have provided assistance.
Prosecutor Kofina thanked all the providers of services “Right … for treatment” and welcomed the “City of Angels” in the program.
“We are working with the City of Angels on similar initiatives, such as Operation Helping Hand, and have seen firsthand their caring approach to helping people struggling with drug use,” said prosecutor Kofina. “We are very fortunate to be participating in a new program in Bordentown.”
Other treatment sites are serviced by the Addiction Treatment Center in Maryville, Oaks Integrated Care and Solstice Wellness & Counseling.
Right … in place and hours of treatment:
PD Bordentown Township, 1 Municipal Drive, Wednesday: 10.00 – 16.00
Burlington PD, 525 High Street, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Evesham Twp. PD, 984 Tuckerton Road, Monday: Noon – 7 p.m.
Mount Holly Twp. PD, Washington Street, 23, Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pemberton Twp. PD, 500 Pemberton-Browns Mills Road, Tuesday: 11:00 – 17:00
For more information, visit www.straighttotreatment.com.