Police Department Offers Heroin Addicts Amnesty
Gloucester is taking a novel approach to the war on drugs, making the police station a first stop for addicts on the road to recovery.17 Aug 2015
Under a policy launched in June, heroin and opioid addicts who voluntarily turn themselves in at the station are fast-tracked into treatment services through a team of police officers, volunteers and trained clinicians.
They aren't charged with a crime, and much of their treatment cost is covered through public and private insurance, grants by service providers and by police using money seized from drug dealers.
They can even hand over drugs and drug paraphernalia to police, no questions asked.
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