Jeffersontown Police launches program to take in and help drug addicts
Drug addicts can walk right into the Jeffersontown Police Department and admit to their crimes without a risk of going to jail.
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drug addicts can walk right into the Jeffersontown Police Department and admit to their crimes without a risk of going to jail.
Instead, they'll be directed to a treatment program.
"I've been in recovery for just over five years," said Tara Moseley, who is a volunteer and person in recovery.
Several years ago, Moseley was addicted to opiates.
"I didn't think that police understood me or really understood what I was going through," she said.
And during that time, she wanted nothing to do with police.
"I would not have ever considered ever coming into a police station to seek help."
But now, she's asking drug addicts to do just that.
Moseley explained the juxtaposition.
"Taking that first step and coming into a police station and saying, 'I need help,' and them helping them to be able to be accessed and placed into a treatment center that fits them, is a huge step for our community," she said.
It is part of the Jeffersontown Angel Program, which launched on Monday. No one expects it will be an overnight success.
"What's going to have to happen is that people are going to have to come in and test the waters," said Sgt. Brittney Garrett with Jeffersontown Police.
Sgt. Garrett said the goal is two-fold.
"One, to reduce drug overdose deaths in our area, and also help reduce drug-related crime in our area."
It may sound strange, but police hope drug addicts will eventually feel comfortable enough to ask officers for help.
"They can come here and turn over any drugs or drug equipment, and we will not charge them with those crimes," Sgt. Garrett said.
Armed with training and overdose antidotes like Naloxone and Narcan, police are prepared to help anyone who walks thru the doors.
"And then we will connect them to local treatment resources such as The Healing Place, JADAC, Volunteers of America, The Morton Center - those type of places," Sgt. Garrett said.
Moseley knows the pain of addiction.
"I lost my family, my friends ... I lost myself."
And that's why she is a volunteer and committed to helping others get clean.
"I am also a person that the police will call on when a person does come in and ask for help, and I'll be here to support that person, just like other people were there to support me."
The walk-in hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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