Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative

The goal of this initiative is to connect individuals suffering from substance use disorder with treatment options. Drug overdoses are now the number one accidental killer in the Commonwealth. It is our greatest public health challenge and our greatest public safety challenge.

When a Pennsylvania county joins the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative program, every law enforcement entity within that county has an opportunity to save lives and play a role in breaking the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction. The program empowers law enforcement officers as well as others to guide individuals who are suffering from addiction into treatment, rather than diverting them into the criminal system.  Click here for a LETI informational sheet.

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In addition to law enforcement, this program also empowers individuals and families to get involved in breaking the cycle of addiction. The first step towards recovery is helping an individual who is suffering from addiction into treatment. Those in need of a treatment referral for either themselves or family members should view the Regional and County Wide Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resource Guide. The guide allows individuals to search for the county in which they reside and call the number provided to speak with someone who can walk them through the process of seeking treatment.

 

Fentanyl and Xylazine

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a potent opioid medication that is used to treat severe pain that is available by prescription only given by a doctor. Fentanyl is often found in many street drugs. This creates a higher risk of overdose because the person using may not know fentanyl has been added.

Signs and symptoms of a fentanyl overdose include:

  • slow or shallow breathing
  • slow heartbeat
  • severe sleepiness
  • cold, clammy skin
  • trouble walking or talking
  • feeling faint, dizzy, or confused
  • unresponsiveness

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What is Xylazine?

Xylazine, a non-opioid veterinary tranquilizer not approved for human use, has been linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths nationwide in the evolving drug addiction crisis. People who use illegal drugs may not be aware of the presence of xylazine.

What are symptoms and health risks of xylazine?

  • sedation
  • difficulty breathing
  • dangerously low blood pressure
  • slowed heart rate
  • wounds that can become infected
  • severe withdrawal symptoms
  • death

Facts regarding Fentanyl and Xylazine test strips:

  • They are legal to use in Pennsylvania.
  • Fentanyl test strips can be used to determine the presence of fentanyl in a substance.
  • Xylazine test strips can be used to determine the presence of Xylazine in a substance.

Importance of Naloxone (Narcan):

Naloxone nasal is used in an emergency situation to treat a known or suspected opioid overdose.  Naloxone (Narcan) should not be used in place of emergency medical care.

Naloxone (Narcan) will not be effective on Xylazine alone.  If there are Opioids mixed in with the substance, Narcan Naloxone (Narcan) can be given. Rescue breaths are also recommended.

If you are interested in obtaining Naloxone (Narcan) or Fentanyl or Xylazine test strips, the PA Overdose Prevention Program has the ability to give you Naloxone (Narcan) as well as test strips.  Please click this link and fill out the request form.


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July 13, 2021
PTACC Moves National Headquarters to Pennsylvania, Partners with PA AG to Grow LETI Deflection Initiative

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Participation & Regional Support

Click a county on the map or use the menu below to find regional support information in your county:

LETI has expanded and now is implemented in several counties. This program will continue to expand throughout the Commonwealth, and will also provide data to inform the community of medical professionals and law enforcement on how to best help individuals suffering from substance use disorder.

Click a county to view a testimonial

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LETI

If your agency would like to partner with the Office of Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative and open your doors to people seeking treatment for addiction, please contact the Office of Attorney General at 570-826-2483 or email treatment@attorneygeneral.gov.

An agent will work with you throughout the process, providing sample documents and policies to help you get up and running in your departments. The Office of Attorney General will also promote the program in individual communities.

If you would prefer to call, we can be reached at 570-826-2483

Click a county below to find regional support information in your county:

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LETI

If your agency would like to partner with the Office of Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative and open your doors to people seeking treatment for addiction, please contact the Office of Attorney General at 570-826-2483 or email treatment@attorneygeneral.gov.

An agent will work with you throughout the process, providing sample documents and policies to help you get up and running in your departments. The Office of Attorney General will also promote the program in individual communities.

If you would prefer to call, we can be reached at 570-826-2483

Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative News & Press

Northampton County Will Launch LETI Program, Becoming 30th County to Join Office of Attorney General’s Diversion Initiative

Published on May 29, 2024
The Office of Attorney General’s Program with Local Law Enforcement Connects Individuals to Treatment EASTON—  Attorney General Michelle Henry announced today that Northampton County has joined the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI), a collaborative program launched by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and law enforcement to divert individuals in need to treatment services. Northampton […]
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