Gloucester, MA., Latest City To Try Treatment, Not Arrest, For Opioids


Beginning June 1, opiate addicts who show up at the Gloucester, Ma., police station with their drugs will not be charged with a crime. “Instead,” says Police Chief Leonard Campanello in a Facebook post, “we will walk them through the system toward detox and recovery. We will assign them an ‘angel’ who will be their guide through the process. Not in hours or days, but on the spot.” The Christian Science Monitor reports that two local hospitals have agreed to “fast track” those addicted to heroin or other opiates who walk in to the station. Narcan, a drug used to treat overdoses, will be made available for little or no money at at least one drug store. For those without health insurance, the police will cover the bill, using funds seized from drug dealers during investigations.

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