GT PIER (Gloucester Township Prevention Information Roundtable) was implemented in 2011 in response to the growing concern of prescription drug abuse. (GT PIER) fosters a climate within the police agency where officers and front line supervisors are involved in the process of planning and executing police operations and offering suggestions for programs and partnerships in an effort to combat all crime and drug abuse. This roundtable climate extends to our citizens and community partners in an effort to further maximize our collective power as a community. Many of the initiatives implemented as part of GT PIER, support the recommended action steps as detailed in the 2014 GCADA (Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) Report.
The illicit use of prescription drugs has created an epidemic throughout the United States and even more significantly in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area of the Mid-Atlantic Region.
The Gloucester Township Police Department understands that heroin and other drug addiction is no longer a problem facing cities and is now in the backyard of suburban communities like Gloucester Township.
The consequences of this epidemic are many. Crime, family dysfunction, and physical/emotional abuse, are just a few of the many tragic results of the disease of addiction. It is well known that such drug addiction and abuse causes crime. Desperation leads many to commit acts that perhaps they would have not engaged in if it were not for the power of illicit substances.
The New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse 2014 Report entitled Confronting New Jersey’s Drug Problem, herein referred to as the “2014 GCADA Report” found that drug overdose death is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. The leading cause of accidental death was not too long ago motor vehicle accidents. The past and present actions by our nation, including law enforcement, addressing deaths associated by motor vehicle accidents have been enormous. The revelation that the new leading cause of accidental death are drug overdoses demands a comprehensive nationwide response similar to what has been enacted to combat motor vehicle accidents and other health crisis such as AIDS.