Police departments across the country have adopted a radical idea – allow opiate addicts to turn in their drugs and help find those people treatment.
Jeffersontown, a Lousiville suburb, launched the Jeffersontown Angel Program on Aug. 1 as a response to the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic. Since its launch last year, any person who enters the Jeffersontown Police Department can request help with their addiction to opiates and undergo screening to enter the Angel Program for placement in a treatment facility.
In Jeffersontown, the program is a police-led and volunteer supported initiative. Officers connect people who have substance use disorders to treatment options in the community, while volunteer “Angels” support participants during the intake process.
Sgt. Brittney Garrett with Jeffersontown Police Department gave a presentation about the Angel Tree program at Henderson CIty Commission’s Tuesday night work session.
“The Angel Program is very valuable,” said Henderson Mayor Steve Austin following the presentation. “It’s working well in some cities. We don’t have quite the same situation that maybe they have in Louisville, Jefferson County but we have some situations that would probably be appropriate for some sort of a program.”
Austin said he thought Henderson Police Cheif Chip Stauffer would speak to his staff about the program and then make a recommendation to the Henderson City Commission of what might be appropriate for the community.
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