Mayor Lovely Warren announced Monday a new initiative she created to help to fight the heroin and opioid crisis by focusing on treatment, rather than punishment for users. “Street to Treatment” will allow RPD officers to bring citizens believed to be overdosing on heroin or other drugs to Rochester Regional Health’s Evelyn Brandon Center, where they will be given the necessary medical attention and spoken with about treatment options. During a Clergy on Patrol walk in which she visited neighbors in the North Clinton Ave alongside clergy members, Mayor Warren heard from many concerned citizens regarding the major problem heroin poses in the neighborhood.
In November, Mayor Lovely Warren launched a targeted initiative to eradicate heroin on North Clinton Avenue and the surrounding areas. This initiative combines increased police presence, treatment-centered solutions like Street to Treatment, and other efforts such as cleaning up discarded needles.