When it comes to drug addiction, so many initiatives have already been implemented. Each country that is struggling with their own drug addiction problem has their own way of solving the problem. These initiatives are very important not only to catch those who are involved with drugs, but most of all, to help those who wants to get out of it and start a new life. We all know that drugs can destroy all of us when does not get solved as soon as possible. It is often the cause of many crimes and so many futures have been affected because of addiction.

war on Drug AddictionIn Midland, they have a program that allows their residents who are dealing with addiction to get connected to treatment by going to law enforcement. They are hoping to bring law enforcement and community organizations together to find the best treatment options for people who have drug and alcohol addiction. For sure, with this initiative, so many lives will be saved thus contributing to the peace and order of the community.

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Tuesday was the kickoff for a program allowing Midland residents dealing with addiction to get connected to treatment by going to law enforcement.

Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative started nine months ago by the Families Against Narcotics, aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together in an effort to find treatment options for people facing drug and alcohol addiction.

“I hope this is going to make a difference, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to,” said Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson. “This is a new concept and why this wasn’t thought of earlier I don’t know.”

The most important part about Hope Not Handcuffs is that it will help people, but Stephenson also believes it will save a lot of time for law enforcement.

“The old way of doing things isn’t working,” Stephenson said.

In conjunction with the Great Lakes Bay Region Families Against Narcotics chapter, Midland is among eight law enforcement agencies that started the program July 24, which comprises police and sheriffs in Saginaw City, Saginaw Township, Bay County, Bay City, Essexville and Hampton Township.

Midland’s law enforcement office is open around the clock, so people seeking help through Hope Not Handcuffs can come in, fill out a form online at www.familiesagainstnarcotics.org/hopenothandcuffs, or call 833-202-4673.

People who come to Midland law enforcement for the program will not be run through the Law Enforcement Information Network to see if they have a warrant, said Rodney Roten, City of Midland Deputy Chief of Police.

People will still be held accountable for crimes, but it will be in the context of getting them help for their addiction, he said.

Because the police and sheriff’s department in Midland are working on implementing the program together, it will be consistent for everybody seeking help, Stephenson explained…

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