September 14, 2020
**** For Immediate Release****
Waterford Police are set to launch “COMEBACK-post overdose wellness check” in cooperation with Families Against Narcotics
In 2017 Waterford Police committed to participate in Hope Not Handcuffs, an initiative of Families Against Narcotics. The program is aimed at bringing law enforcement, community organizations, and individuals seeking assistance together in an effort to reduce dependency with heroin and prescription opioids.
We are once again partnering with Families Against Narcotics to bring a COMEBACK Quick Response Team (QRT) to Waterford. This initiative is a collaborative program developed to reduce the mortality rates in Michigan counties due to overdose deaths. These partnerships result in positive intervention to provide education, support, and recovery options for those suffering with substance use disorders (SUD).
The Quick Response Team (QRT) model brings together representatives from law enforcement or EMS, social workers, peer recovery coaches, family recovery coaches, and clergy. The team provides outreach and education to people suffering with SUD and their families following an overdose.
Waterford joins Sterling Heights, Midland, Saginaw, and Roseville who all launched the COMEBACK-QRT earlier this year. The QRT is a collaborative diversion program guided by the principle of “meeting people where they are”. The team will bring life changing opportunities right to the door step of those in need.
We are fully committed to Hope Not Handcuffs and now to COMEBACK-QRT. We believe both are important pieces in the overall battle against heroin and opioid addiction.
For more information on both programs visit www.familiesagainstnarcotics.org or call 586-438-8500.
Sincerely, Scott Underwood Chief of Police