Saturday, June 4, 2011

Vincent D’Onofrio in town to raise money for meth police

Daily Herald, 6.4.11
by Barbara Christiansen


Photos by ASHLEY FRANSCELL/Daily Herald

Don't call him a hero. He's come to Utah to help those who are heroes to him -- the public safety workers who have been exposed to meth while on the job.

Vincent D'Onofrio, the star of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," is in Utah this weekend, signing autographs and raising awareness of his charity, designed to help officers receive treatment to detoxify them from the substances to which they have been exposed.


"Ride for a Hero" is a three-hour-long motorcycle ride to raise money for the treatment. Riders will meet Saturday morning at Rib City Grill in American Fork, with registration at 8 a.m. and the ride starting at 9:30 a.m.

D'Onofrio portrays a police investigator on the show and has developed an affinity for them.

"The ride is for people who are going to donate money for the meth cops," he said. "It helps the process of detoxification for officers who have been exposed to toxins. We are losing officers from busting. Some of the guys and gals that I have met have busted up to 800 in their careers. This detox program can help them get over what they have been exposed to. Ninety-two people have been put through here in Utah, and the recovery rate is 100 percent. It started in October 2007."

He enjoys being able to help the endeavor.

"It is a chance for me to give back," he said. "The men I get involved with in law enforcement -- all the way from local cops to federal agents -- the ones I see need to be recognized in a real way."

"I am involved with a memorial in Washington, D.C., and the new law enforcement museum being built," he said. "Any chance I get to talk about the meth cop project I do."

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff also enjoys addressing the project. He posted comments on www.utah-detox.org.

"Utah leads the nation in reducing the number of dangerous methamphetamine labs over the last seven years, but that success came at a heavy price," he wrote. "Many of the police officers who voluntarily went into these toxic homes to make Utah safer are suffering ill effects from the harmful chemicals they encountered in those labs.

"Having witnessed myself the heroic attitude of our police officers, I felt that we could not stand by as a community while those who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect us were becoming ill. I decided that something needed to be done.

"In the fall of 2007, I helped launch the Utah Meth Cops Project, the first detoxification program of its kind to help first responders exposed to illicit drug labs. The Utah Meth Cops Project uses the Hubbard sauna detoxification method, the same protocol used by the Ground Zero Rescue Workers Detoxification Project. The New York project has been around since 2002 and has successfully helped around 1,000 Ground Zero workers."

The treatment is effective, with a 100 percent success rate so far. But it is costly.

"The treatment for each officer is $5,200," Sandra Lucas, who accompanied D'Onofrio, said. "It averages 32 days, seven days a week. You have a doctor and highly trained staff involved." Compared to a monthlong hospital stay, $5,200 is a bargain, but it is significant enough to seek help for those who need the treatment.

The motorcycle riders will pay $20 each for the ride, but others have an opportunity to donate by logging onto the website, www.utah-detox.org.

D'Onofrio hopes to get people interested in helping.

"Crime drama is very popular on TV," he said. "We exploit it. When you tell a story about crime there are always high stakes involved. It generates a lot of money. If I can show up to bring the cameras and get people's attention, I am going to do it."

Partly because of his role, he had made connections to those in law enforcement and wants to help them.

"Over the years I have become very close to a lot of these guys who have been involved," he said. "These are law enforcement officers who are suffering because of what they did for us in the '80s and '90s. We need to help them so that we can put more officers through the program. If you donate money it is not complicated. It goes directly into the clinic."

1 comment:

judith said...

This is a very worthy cause. Good on 'ya. Vincent for helping.

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