The Police Chief of Gloucester, Massachusetts has announced the town will provide treatment for people who come to the police station with illegal drugs and paraphernalia, instead of arresting them.
Police Chief Leonard Campanello posted on Facebook, “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.”
Two area hospitals will provide quick treatment to people addicted to heroin or other opioids who come into the station, beginning June 1, The Christian Science Monitor reports. At least one local store will make the opioid overdose antidote naloxone available for little or no money, the article notes. The police department will cover the cost for those without health insurance, with funds seized from drug dealers during investigations.