March 26, 2018 – Assisting individuals struggling with the disease of addiction into treatment is the most important step society can take to address the drug epidemic. This week, a local law enforcement entity started a new program to bolster county’s efforts.
The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office launched an initiative called, “Straight… to Treatment,” which allows residents struggling with addiction to visit a county police department and be connected to treatment instead of being charged with a crime. “Participants can also safely turn in any drugs or drug paraphernalia in their possession and not be charged with a drug possession offense,” the county said in a statement.
“Straight… to Treatment will provide another option for those who are struggling with addiction to find their way to treatment,” Prosecutor Scott Coffina said. “The heartbreaking number of people caught in the nightmare of this disease demands that we as a community do everything in our power to find help for people seeking it. I am incredibly grateful to the Evesham Township Police Department and to Oaks Integrated Care for devoting their resources to launch this program and hope that Straight … to Treatment can be a lifeline for those seeking treatment, and their families searching for hope for their loved ones.”
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