SABRE (Substance ABuse Reduction Effort) is a three-dimensional program of enforcement, treatment and prevention that targets drug dealers, as well as casual and chronic drug users in the Commonwealth. The legislation and funding components of the SABRE program became effective July 1, 2000.
- Tougher criminal penalties for drug dealers and chronic drug users;
- Cash rewards for information on major drug dealers and those selling drugs to children;
- A state police special operations division which can be immediately deployed to areas of criminal drug activity;
- Mandatory treatment for first-time drug users;
- Residential transition and mandatory treatment for those being released from prison;
- Peer support and relapse prevention;
- Creation of the Governor’s Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) to unify the Commonwealth’s substance abuse prevention efforts.