Demand Reduction
Special Projects

Special Projects
Special Projects present additional opportunities for the New England HIDTA to enhance targeted enforcement and drug prevention efforts throughout the region.

Heroin Response Strategy (HRS)

The Heroin Response Strategy was established in August 2015. Five HIDTAs, Appalachia, New England, New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia/Camden, and Washington/Baltimore were awarded substantial funding by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to form an unprecedented partnership to address the severe heroin threat in their communities. In the seven months following, the partnership built the foundation of the Heroin Response Strategy (HRS), an interdisciplinary approach that unified public health and public safety entities at the federal, state, and local level. For 2016 and 2017 operations plans include the expansion of the Heroin Response Strategy to include Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina, five states that have been ravaged by the negative consequences of opioid abuse, and whose drug trafficking patterns are intrinsically linked with the 15 existing HRS states.


Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE)
The mission of the New England Domestic Highway Enforcement (DHE) Program is to promote collaborative, intelligence-led, unbiased policing in coordinated and mutually supportive multi-jurisdictional law enforcement efforts on the region’s highways. The DHE strategy both improves the investigative efforts of the New England HIDTA in attacking drug trafficking organizations and has significant impact on traffic safety, homeland security and other crimes.


Prevention Initiative
New England HIDTA and the Essex County, MA Sheriff’s Department (ECSD) work together to identify at-risk youth and educate them of the dangers of drug use and abuse and the risk factors leading to youth violence and criminal gang membership.  The ECSD’s Youth Leadership and Junior Leadership Academies are summer programs designed to offer at-risk children, ages 8-15, a safe, challenging, and fun atmosphere through the completion of various projects and classes.  This drug, alcohol and tobacco free program provides instruction in anger management, ethics, peer counseling, teamwork and cooperation in a gang-free environment.  Programs such as the Youth Leadership Academy provide alternatives to drug use and assist children in making educated and healthy decisions.

Prescription Drug Project

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) reports that, "Prescription drug abuse is the Nation's fastest-growing drug problem and has been classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." The New England HIDTA Drug Threat Assessment has identified opioid abuse, primarily of heroin and controlled prescription opioids, as the most significant drug threat to the New England region. The New England HIDTA prescription drug project embraces a balanced strategy to effectively impact controlled prescription opioid drug abuse.

Internship Opportunities
New England HIDTA teams up with colleges and universities in the New England area to find driven, confident, and capable students to work in our office. This is a new and hands-on program offered to graduate and undergraduate students. Interns provide useful assistance for the organization while gaining on-the-job training that will assist them with their future career search. We provide challenging assignments and projects with adequate supervision to create the most helpful environment and beneficial experience for our interns.







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