The struggle against drug addiction is real and one of the most difficult things that one will ever go through. So many fail to get out of it and there are those who were able to get through it as well with some help. As the problem with drugs is getting more serious each day, all the help that one can get will make a great difference.

Drug Addiction helpIn New Jersey, the Evesham Township police station is ready to change their lives and deal with their drug addictions. It’s a program called “Straight to Treatment.” The program is part of a broad approach to the opioid epidemic which includes enforcement, education and expanding treatment. By getting help at a police station, addicts can also clear some of their legal hurdles like outstanding warrants.

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are many reasons people walk into police stations, usually to report a crime or because they’re accused of committing one.

But since March, more than 50 people have gone to the Evesham Township police station ready to change their lives and deal with their drug addictions. It’s a program called “Straight to Treatment.”

“There was one individual that they referred directly to us and within 15 hours we were able to get them into treatment and started on medication,” said Samantha Dowgin with Oaks Integrated Care.

Oaks Integrated Care, a local addictions treatment provider, has partnered with Evesham Township as the first town in Burlington County to do the “Straight to Treatment” pilot program. It was initiated by the prosecutor’s office.

“Sometimes the people with addiction that break the law are not career criminals but people who really need help,” said Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

The program is part of a broad approach to the opioid epidemic which includes enforcement, education and expanding treatment.

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