To the Editor:

On behalf of the members of the C.A.R.E.S. Hope & Support Group, I would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Officer Tim Fedor of the Trumbull Police Department. Officer Fedor took the time to volunteer to speak to our support group members (both in Trumbull and Brookfield). He clarified the role the Trumbull police and first responders play in attending to calls regarding substance abuse and overdose among those afflicted with substance use disorders. It is clear from both Officer Fedor and Chief Lombardo that the Trumbull police are responding in a caring and compassionate manner to crisis calls from family members and friends concerned about their loved one's substance abuse or addiction. It was clear from his presentation that getting drug or alcohol dependent people the proper help is the first priority. While those engaged in illegal activity must face consequences, assisting addicted individuals comes first. The C.A.R.E.S. Group would like to acknowledge that Trumbull first responders have saved many lives by choosing to carry and use Narcan for opioid overdoses, and hope that other communities opt to do the same.

C.A.R.E.S. (Community Addiction & Recovery Education and Support) is an organization committed to helping families and individuals negatively affected by addiction by providing a weekly support groups in various communities. We meet in Trumbull on Tuesday nights and our professionally-facilitated group focuses on education, empowerment, resources and hope. With the growing drug epidemic in Trumbull and surrounding towns, it is edifying to know that local law enforcement makes helping, not punishing, its residents a prime concern. For more information about the Trumbull C.A.R.E.S. group, call 855-406-0246 or visit: www.thecaresgroup.org.
Donna DeLuca
President & Founder, The C.A.R.E.S. Group, Inc.