Tuesday, July 6, 2010

FLEOA, Vincent D'Onofrio Support Detox Program for Meth Cops



PoliceMag.com, 7.6.10

The Utah Meth Cops Project exists to treat law enforcement officers who have been repeatedly exposed to toxins in methamphetamine labs on the job. At its national conference this May, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) invited project spokesperson Vincent D'Onofrio and FLEOA members who've gone through the treatment program to speak at the conference and raise awareness.

Begun in 2007, the Utah Meth Cops Project offers free detoxification treatment to police officers at its facilities in Utah. The program was modeled after the Ground Zero Rescue Workers Detoxification Project that helped many first responders affected by 9/11 in New York City and is a part of the Heroes Health Project.

According to the Website www.utah-detox.org, officers in Utah who had busted hundreds of meth labs throughout their careers were experiencing a host of symptoms including frequent headaches, severe acid reflux and esophageal problems, loss of taste and smell, joint pain, insomnia, and depression. Most didn't know the cause, and many otherwise healthy officers have contracted terminal illnesses and died as a result of their exposure.

Detoxification through this program involves speeding up the body's metabolism with nutritional supplements and exercise, followed by sweating the toxins out in a sauna. Participants have experienced black paste coming out of their pores and crystals coming out of their tear ducts during this process.

Sandra Lucas, director of the Utah Meth Cops Project, attended the FLEOA conference and discussed its success rate. It has a 75 percent reduction in symptoms and an increase in quality of life that allows many participants to return to work. Previously fit officers who could barely walk because of breathing problems and other symptoms now lead normal lives.

Lucas worked with Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to spearhead the project and acquire grants and other funding to get it off the ground. She is currently working to expand the program and to raise additional funds so that no first responder will have to pay to get well.

Recognizing the importance of the Utah Meth Cops Project, actor Vincent D'Onofrio has become its spokesperson and is planning to write and produce a short film that will center on the topic to help get the word out. He has a special place in his heart for first responders.

"The man who raised me, my stepfather, was a firefighter," says D'Onofrio. "I was raised by a guy who was a regular guy but who put himself in harm's way. Because of that I considered him a hero."

Known for playing police detective Robert Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" among other film and television roles, D'Onofrio seeks to use his face and name recognition to bring attention to the need for this project and funding to support it so he can help heroes just like his stepfather.

"These guys and girls don't whine, they don't ask for help, and they're not asking for it now when they really need it," says D'Onofrio. "I'd like to be the person who asks for them."

For more information about this program visit www.utah-detox.org.

4 comments:

Diane said...

I am SO proud of our man!!!

val said...

He is so gorgeous in every conceivable way.

Leigh said...

I really admire Vincent for using his celebrity for such a worthwhile cause. He looks like he has lost weight in this photo - great for his health, but I love the cuddly, teddy bear look of the last few years of Criminal Intent :)

SnarkAngel said...

Great news about the upcoming film. Hope it gets into wide circulation!

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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