Gandhi once observed that, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office believes that those impacted a by substance use disorder suffer from a medical condition — not a moral failing. Its programs may be viewed as logical progressions of several ideas that confront stigma head-on and aim to reinforce self-worth in those suffering. They seek to add a new dynamic to the phrase “protect and serve” by asking the vulnerable to place their trust in a profession where trust between the two rarely exists.
Every victim of an overdose is offered recovery services. Naloxone training is offered to civilians as well as inmates in the jail through the sheriff’s opioid overdose prevention program. The CRPA outreach program identifies inmates who want recovery, assists them in making those next critical steps, and guides them along the way.
The presentation will discuss aspects of the sheriff’s advocacy and outreach efforts and how best to implement them, based on ther experiences. It will outline the methods the office has found most successful. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office will ensure that recovery is a right to those who choose it.