Police program allows addicts to seek help, offers amnesty

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Newark police have launched a new initiative that is aimed at pushing more of central Ohio’s drug addicts onto the path of treatment and rehabilitation rather than prison.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1Yt2IfQ ) addicts who come to the Newark police station seeking help can surrender unused drugs and related paraphernalia with no penalty under the newly implemented Newark Addiction Recovery Initiative.

The initiative won’t be available to sex offenders, addicts under 18 unless they have parental consent and those in medical distress not related to addiction.

Police Chief Barry Connell says the program is modeled after one started last year by police in Gloucester, Massachusetts. That initiative, called the Angel Program, and several others like it don’t offer amnesty to addicts like Newark’s does.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com