Heroin Addicts Encouraged to Bring in Drugs to Police in Exchange for Help and Treatment in New Jersey
When it comes to getting help for heroin addicts police officers don’t have the best track record with constructively offering addicts sensible resources, like heroin rehab. But all of that is about to change in Gloucester, Mass. The police department in Gloucester is trying a new, proactive approach in offering people who really want help the resources they need to get it. In tow with new policies, heroin addicts are encouraged to bring in their illicit paraphernalia without penalty in exchange for immediate access to resources for addiction treatment.
The officers involved with the new program will help heroin addicts locate local inpatient medical detox centers and subsequent heroin rehab facilities to help get their lives back on track, and far away from the physical and mental disease of addiction. The Washington Times reports about 40-50 heroin users have already signed up to participate in the program; their eagerness serves as a testament to their genuine wish to get help for their addiction, absent the fear of prosecution. The police department is partnering with certain hospitals and pharmacies to help provide opiate overdose reversal medications free of charge.
Opiate reversal medications like Narcan and Naloxone help save the lives of those suffering from overdoses. The medication is typically administered as a nasal spray, and allows overdose victims to breathe again by uninhibiting their opiate receptors. The Washington times reports over 1,000 lives were lost as a result of opiate addiction in 2014. The police department is hopeful their new model of heroin address will help get people the help they need, and set an example of the rest of their state and the nation.
About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.