Turning opioid addiction from a criminal case to a medical one – FOX 61

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MANCHESTER — The new policy around Manchester: opioid addiction requires medical attention, not necessarily jail time.

“This may seem counter-intuitive,” said Chief Marc Montminy of the Manchester Police Department. “Police typically treat drug abusers as criminals and not those in need of assistance, but this perspective has proven to be ineffective.”

Town leaders announced the start of the H.O.P.E. Initiative at a press conference Monday afternoon. “H.O.P.E.” stands for “Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education,” and the program is designed to get addicts the help they need, rather than sending them through the legal system for drug-related offenses.

Police say people needing addiction treatment can come to the Manchester Police Department with any contraband and turn it in without fear of an arrest….

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