Anyone can come into the police station and ask for help without fear of arrest.
Law enforcement agencies across the state are joining efforts to connect people to treatment.
In Middletown and Dover it is called the Angel Program. In New Castle, it is called Hero Help.
The Middletown and Dover programs for opioid use work in conjunction with Connections Community Support Programs.
According to Connections Public Information Officer Adam Taylor, Connections also has agreements with the Harrington and Georgetown police departments.
Anyone can come into the police station and ask for help without fear of arrest. Police will help get the person into treatment.
Middletown began its program in August. In addition to people coming to the station, people who are arrested on a misdemeanor charge and who are addicted have the option of entering treatment. Once they successfully complete the program the charges are dropped.
“We realize with the epidemic we have here now, especially the heroin, we’re not going to solve the problem with arrests only,” Police Chief Daniel Yeager told the Middletown Transcript in August. Yeager has since retired, but new Chief Michael Iglio said he too supports the program.
Dover’s Angel Program celebrated its first year anniversary in July. Public Information Officer M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the department has had “a handful” of participants, but hasn’t kept statistics on the success rate.
He said, “Officers who make an arrest of a subject who then wishes to enroll in the Angel Program have options. Most of the time, they can enroll after being formally charged for the crime. However, officers have the discretion to enroll a subject upon contact if they feel it would be a better option for that person.”
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