Police in Gloucester, Mass., continued an unusual fight against opiate addiction this week by posting to the department Facebook page the names, salaries and contact information for five pharmaceutical company CEOs, reports the Boston Globe. The posting reads, “Now…don't get mad. Just politely ask them what they are doing to address the opioid epidemic in the United States and if they realize that the latest data shows almost 80% of addicted persons start with a legally prescribed drug that they make. They can definitely be part of the solution here and I believe they will be….might need a little push.”
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello has become a leading law enforcement advocate for treating opiate addiction as a disease rather than a crime. In June, his department gained national attention when it rolled out its “Angel” program, which gives opiate addicts from anywhere in the country the option of walking into the police station if they want help. The department says it has helped more than 100 people.