NH1 News Debates


Nov 1, 2015 2:05 PM

More police departments adopt drug addict program pioneered in Massachusetts

The Associated Press

BOSTON — A Massachusetts police program that helps fast track heroin addicts into treatment is catching on in other states and also showing signs of reducing local crime.

Gloucester police say nearly 40 departments in nine states are taking a cue from their ANGEL program.

Addicts can come to the police station and be connected to a treatment program if they commit to getting clean. They are assigned a volunteer "angel," sometimes a recovering addict, who works with them. They can turn in their drugs and drug paraphernalia, no questions asked.

Police Chief Leonard Campanello developed the program. He says statistics suggest it may also help reduce crimes associated with addiction. This summer, shoplifting, breaking and entering, and larceny were down 23 percent compared to the same season last year.


--  Dealing with the Disease of Addiction? Click here for help --

More from NH1.com

NH1 News Debates
NH1 News Replay

NH1 on Twitter

NH1 SkyView Cameras

NH1 on Facebook

Check out NH1 News Rail Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome