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New Jeffersontown program to help drug addicts seeing few takers

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Jenni Meredith, Matthew Murphy and Tara Moseley say the Angel Program is one way to start the recovery process. Jenni Meredith, Matthew Murphy and Tara Moseley say the Angel Program is one way to start the recovery process.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersontown Police's Angel Program is not a trap.

If you don't take our word for it, take it from Jenni Meredith, Matthew Murphy and Tara Moseley.

"I struggled with substance use disorder in the form of crack cocaine," Meredith said.

"I was an opiate user," Murphy said.

"I also suffer from substance use disorder, and I used opiates," Moseley said.

All three of them are in recovery and familiar with the Angel Program.

"What the police are trying to do in Jeffersontown is help people get into recovery and helping people to have resources," Moseley said.

Last week, Jeffersontown Police launched the Angel Program, and so far, there has been a lot of interest but not a lot of takers.

"We've had one person walk in that became our first participant in the program, last Wednesday, and we were able to place him in a facility," said Sgt. Brittney Garrett with Jeffersontown Police.

Sgt. Garrett runs the program and says several drug addicts have called, but are afraid to walk thru the doors, thinking it's a trick or a trap.

"They want to make sure they're not going to get arrested," she said.

She says instead, addicts will be taken to a treatment program, but there are some disqualifiers.

"We're not taking any felony, violent felony, sex offenders ... also, people with warrants."

Sgt. Garrett also points to last week's major drug bust by Jeffersontown Police detectives as an example of the balance between service and enforcement.

"We are doing both things," she said. "We are trying to help people who want help get into treatment, but we are also going to bust people that are dealing drugs in our city. That is something that hasn't changed and will never change."

 If there's still any doubt, Meredith, Murphy and Moseley have a message for you.

"Life is too short to live around and be miserable," Meredith said.

"I understand, and I've been there, and it's a dark place to be," Murphy said. "t really is, and there's a way to recover."

"Don't believe the lies and the lies are, 'these people are here to hurt you or to harm you or incarcerate you,'" Moseley said. "They're here to help you, especially if you take the first step."   

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