It’s a Disease, Not a Crime

In the wake of 4 deaths linked to drug overdoses, the police department of Gloucester, Mass., has taken a bold stance in the fight against the epidemic of opioid addiction in the US.

Any addict who comes to the police station with their drug paraphernalia and/or drugs, and asks for help will immediately receive help in accessing detox and recovery services and will not face charges, police chief Leonard Campanello announced via Facebook. 

Noting that many drug addictions can be traced to the legitimate use of pain pills, Campanello said, “We wanted to create a safe haven so that there was no fear between the police department and those who really needed help … When an addict is ready for help, you don't want to miss that opportunity.”
 

The Atlantic

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