The Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery or C.L.E.A.R. program, sponsored by the Union County Board of Freeholders with the Sheriff’s Office, Prosecutor’s Office and County Police Department, offers free recovery assistance to families and individuals wanting to recover from addiction. At least 89 people died from fatal drug overdoses in Union County last year — more than any year since the start of the decade. Police departments throughout Union County began deploying the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone about three years ago. The drug was administered 60 times in the County in 2015 and 160 times last year.
Under Operation C.L.E.A.R., law-enforcement personnel offer screening for participation in the program and pair those candidates or concerned family members with a certified recovery specialist who serves as a personal guide and mentor to recovery. Anyone in possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia for personal use can turn them in without fear of arrest, prosecution or questioning.
Help is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Union County Sheriff’s Office in the New Annex Courthouse basement level, 27 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, and the Union County Police Department headquarters, 300 North Ave. E., Westfield.
Union County Law Enforcement will screen individuals for participation in the program and pair them and/or concerned family members with a certified recovery specialist that will serve as a personal guide and mentor to recovery. Anyone in possession of illegal substances and paraphernalia for personal use can turn it in without fear of arrest, prosecution or questioning from law enforcement.
Law enforcement recognizes that the only way to impact a community is through cooperative work. It is with this ideal in mind that the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County Police Department are taking part in the C.L.E.A.R. Program. While strong enforcement is still needed to combat the sale of illegal substances, we will provide increased access to the treatment facilities and recovery support network that are needed to help the individuals that want to get better.
Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Help is available at the following locations:
Addiction is a disease that can be eradicated with the proper treatment. Get the help you need today.
Drug use and addiction have been widely documented as a growing health problem and a big concern on multiple levels. The families of those addicted to drugs and their surrounding communities are heavily impacted by the health effects and crime associated with this lifestyle. The epidemic we face with opioid abuse has now brought about urgency to overcome this disease. We must work together to correct the new trends that have developed and to restore all of our communities to a healthier state.
The mission of the Union County C.L.E.A.R. Program is to create a network of professionals within the Union County community that will enable the appropriate medical treatment and family intervention. The ultimate goal is to provide and maintain the proper support for the patient and their family from the beginning of the process to the very end. Our success hinges on patients being reintegrated back into their communities and leading healthy lives with a productive future.