Police department to offer treatment option for addicts


Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A police department says it plans to begin helping drug addicts connect with treatment programs.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/240mO6f) reports the Jeffersontown Police Department said on Monday that it would begin an initiative on Aug. 1 that allows addicts to come to police headquarters, hand over any illegal drugs and then get treatment without fear of arrest. The department says the new approach is an attempt to fight the heroin epidemic.

The program was inspired by a similar effort in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where police have started connecting drug addicts seeking help with treatment instead of arresting them. A nonprofit organization called the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative helps spread the strategy to other agencies.

The nonprofit says the Jeffersontown Police Department is the 100th law enforcement agency to join.

___

Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent U.S. stories

Related topics

U.S.
The Associated Press

    STAY IN THE KNOW

    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast