Point Pleasant Police join Blue HART addiction

Brittany Keifer, 26, of Point Pleasant, was arrested Friday in connection to the hit and run investigation opened on Aug. 9. FILE PHOTO

POINT PLEASANT — The rising toll of opioid addiction has prompted a call to action from Point Pleasant Police Chief Richard Larsen, who has committed the department to a new approach to dealing with the heroin epidemic.

“So far this year we have had five overdose deaths in Point Pleasant, which is an increase over the past few years,” Chief Larsen said. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the department will officially join several other county municipalities, including Brick Township, in the Blue HART [Heroin Addiction Response Team] program, an initiative of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, which offers a path out of addiction.

The Blue HART program allows substance abusers to turn themselves in at participating police departments and be referred for treatment without the threat of charges or jail.

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