376 people, some seeking help more than once, and 94.5% direct placement! 36.6% were from the local region which included 11.8% Gloucester residents. Gloucester’s involvement helped a lot of people.
From Boston University School of Public Health and Boston Medical Center excerpt:
“From June 2015 through May 2016 (the first year of the program), 376 different persons presented for assistance a total of 429 times. The demographic characteristics of the participants are shown in Table 1 (‘Table 1 and are similar to those reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for persons who are admitted to treatment programs for an opioid-use disorder in Massachusetts.3 Of the persons who sought treatment through the program, 11.8% resided in Gloucester, 24.8% lived in the surrounding county, 16.8% were homeless, 5.6% were from states other than Massachusetts, and the remainder came from elsewhere in Massachusetts. In 12 instances, the person was ineligible for drug detoxification because immediate medical attention was required. In 94.5% of instances in which a person presented for assistance and was eligible (394 of 417), direct placement was offered;…”