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Dover Police Launch Program to Help Addicts Get Treatment

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Dover police have launched a program called ANGEL that allows addicts to hand over their drugs and get the medical and emotional help they need from volunteers.
    
Media outlets report that Dover police partnered with the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative to enact the "open door" policy on Thursday.
    
Police Chief Paul Bernat says anybody can come to the police station, and tell police that they're an addict. Instead of arresting them, police will put their drugs and paraphernalia into evidence and then make sure the person gets treatment.

“It is a privilege to collaborate with such a groundbreaking organization,” Bernat said. “P.A.A.R.I. erases the stigma associated with the disease of addiction and provides police departments with a greater variety of resources to help our communities. We look forward to the partnership and are honored to help P.A.A.R.I. reach 25 states.”  

Officials hope the program will reduce the number of overdoses in the state, and will help curb the growing problem of opioid addiction.

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