Allentown’s Blue Guardian Program helping to get opioid overdose victims intro treatment

Written by on January 30, 2020

Allentown’s Blue Guardian Program helping to get opioid overdose victims intro treatment

By Brad Klein

January 30, 2020

WLVR’s Brad Klein [Left] and Captain Charles Roca [Right] in the WLVR studio.
Listen to the full interview from Captain Charles Roca of the Allentown Police Department

Allentown, Pa. (WLVR) – Lehigh County is helping to lead the nation with a unique program to help reduce the impact of opioid addiction in the region. It’s called the Blue Guardian Program, and it brings together law enforcement and recovery specialists to get addicts into treatment.

WLVR’s Brad Klein spoke with Captain Charles Roca of the Allentown Police Department, who’s been a part of the program. He began by asking what makes the program effective?

“The Blue Guardian Program and its concept is to save lives,” said Captain Roca.

Listen to the full interview above to learn more about what Captain Roca and the Blue Guardian Program.

Captain Roca will also appear on PBS39 this Thursday evening in part four of “Battling Opioids.” The program is part of a statewide collaborative project with Pennsylvania Public Media – aimed at combating the opioid crisis. 

You can also watch the first three parts of the “Battling Opioids” online or listen to the podcast.


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