Newton police chief honored for addiction recovery program

By Jennifer Jean Miller New Jersey Herald Posted: Jul. 7, 2019 12:01 am The Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program — a local collaboration to provide treatment and recovery support for those battling drug addiction without fear of prosecution — has received national recognition, with Newton Police Chief Michael Richards honored recently with the Law Enforcement Leadership[…]

Hundreds flock to local stores for free Narcan

By Lori Comstock New Jersey Herald Posted: Jun. 19, 2019 12:01 am Whether a teenager, parent, neighbor or co-worker, an opioid overdose does not discriminate. That was clear Tuesday when hundreds flocked to three pharmacies in Sussex County for a one-day-only opportunity to obtain a free, and potentially lifesaving, pack of Narcan. Last year in[…]

Businesses partner to raise funds for C.L.E.A.R.

Posted: May. 27, 2019 2:10 pm FRANKLIN — Neighboring businesses wrapped up their annual spring fundraising in support of law enforcement and Center for Prevention’s battle against opiate addiction in Sussex County. TJ’s Pizzeria Cafe and Verizon Premium Retailer, R-Wireless have raised more than $1,600 for C.L.E.A.R. (Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery,) a program that[…]

Hitting back at opioid makers

Posted: Apr. 7, 2019 12:01 am The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders looks poised to take action to hit back at drug makers and other entities blamed for the opioid drug crisis. On Wednesday, it is expected the freeholders will approve filing a lawsuit against pharmaceutical manufacturers, their owners and distributors toward abating the[…]

Operation Helping Hand

Release Date: March 11, 2019 PRESS RELEASE Prosecutor Francis A. Koch is pleased to announce that the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office has been awarded a grant, Public Health Crisis Response — 2018 Opioid Crisis: Operation Helping Hand Initiative, from the State of New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Department of Law & Public Safety and the[…]

C.L.E.A.R. Looks to Erase Stigma, Change the Face of Addiction and Recovery

By Mandy Coriston December 27, 2018 4:08 pm ET Newton – “He gave me his card, and said ‘We have to do something.’” That’s C.L.E.A.R. co-founder Becky Carlson’s recollection of how Newton Chief of Police Mike Richards approached her in 2015, speaking of Sussex County’s growing opioid addiction issues. C.L.E.A.R. stands for Community Law Enforcement Addiction[…]