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Jeffersontown Police and addicts to form an unlikely partnership

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police and recovering drug addicts are coming together to smash a social stigma with a new program that will help those struggling with sobriety get treatment instead of being locked up.

It's called the Angel Project, and people can get help by simply walking in to the Jeffersontown Police Department.

“I came into recovery when I was 23,” said Tara Moseley, Young People in Recovery Program Director for Expansion in Kentucky.

“I'm also a person in long-term recovery,” said Jennifer Meredith, housing program chair with YPR.

Moseley and Meredith are examples of what the other side of substance abuse looks like.

"We're taking steps -- steps to better our community,” Moseley said.

Healthy, happy and thriving, these women with YPR want that for others dealing with addiction.

“I've been able to become a productive member of society,” Meredith said.

YPR is now teaming up with an unlikely partner to make meaningful changes.

“The police are not the enemy,” Meredith said.

“It's amazing that the police are willing to open a service like this,” Moseley said. “Where people can come in and say, 'I need help,' and they will get them help, and there won't be any charges applied.”

From heroin to alcohol, any person can soon walk into the Jeffersontown Police Department, where they will be assessed, and the first step in treatment will be determined.

“It's important to realize we also need to look at this from a public health issue. That these people are sick, and they need help,” Moseley said.

A BBQ will provide more information on the program. Recovery resources will also be available, but YPR wants people struggling with sobriety to also know this:

“We just like to have fun,” Meredith said.

With live music, games and a pig roast, they say they can now have fun without drugs or alcohol.

The kick-off event for the Angel Project is July 9 from 1-6 p.m. at Cherokee Park near the dog hill on the scenic loop. The Angel Project officially starts Aug. 1.

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