‘Hope Not Handcuffs’ campaign launched to help fight addiction

>> Announcer: LIVE FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT, LOCAL 4 NEWS AT 5:30 STARTS NOW! >> Karen: HOPE, NOT HANDCUFFS A DRAMA NEW APPROACH TO BATTLING ADDICTION LAUNCHES TODAY

POLICE WANT PEOPLE BATTLING ADDICTION TO COME TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, NOT GET ARRESTED BUT GET HELP >> Devin: HOPE NOT HANDCUFFS WAS ROLLED OUT TODAY LAW & ORDER TRYING TO GET BEHIND A LAW THAT WILL HELP ADDICTS WITH ABUSE COUNSELORS IT'S A PROBLEM POLICE HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO SOLVE WITH MORE ARRESTS >> Jason: IT'S A REAL VICIOUS CYCLE

THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT IS ALMOST TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING AS THEY ROLL IT OUT, THEY KNOW THEY'LL HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THIS, ONE IS EXPECTING DRUG ADDICTS TO WALK INTO A POLICE DEPARTMENT AND TURN THEMSELVES IN ASKING FOR HELP THAT'S PRETTY DAUNTING THEY KNOW THEY DON'T WANT TO WAIT ONE DAY MORE TO GET THE FOLKS THE HELP THEY NEED >> IF YOU CAN MAKE IT TO THE STARTING LINE, WE'LL HELP GET YOU TO THE FINISH LINE

>> Jason: MACOMB COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCING A PROGRAM FOR DRUG ADDICTION >> INSTEAD OF A CRIMINAL ISSUE AND LOOKING AT IT MORE LIKE A HEALTH CARE ISSUE JAIL AND PRISON, THAT'S NO PLACE TO TREAT ADDICTION >> Jason: LIT ALLOW PEOPLE OF ANY AGE TO VOLUNTARILY COME IN AND ASK FOR TREATMENT >> WE WILL FIND YOU A BED

>> Jason: ON THE FRONT LINES ARE THE ANGELS, MORE THAN 250 VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY ADDICTION, READY TO RESPOND AT ALL HOURS FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS HELP >> I SEE THE PERSON UNDERNEATH THE ADDICTION AND THAT'S THE PERSON I WANT TO HELP >> Jason: PEGGY'S GRANDDAUGHTER BATTLED A HEROIN ADDICTION FOR 7 YEARS >> ANYONE WHO HAS HAD SOMEONE WITH ADDICTION, HEROIN, NARCOTICS, WHATEVER IT IS, THEY'RE ON BOARD WITH THIS BECAUSE IT WILL HELP >> GIVE THEM A GOOD HOME

>> Jason: HER SON IS IN JAIL FOR A YEAR BECAUSE OF HIS ADDICTION >> THANK GOD THE POLICE SAW HIM DOWN ON 8 MILE BECAUSE HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DIED HE HASN'T USED IN A YEAR >> WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYBODY WHATEVER WE'RE DOING IS BETTER THAN YESTERDAY WHICH IS NOTHING TO HELP THESE PEOPLE

>> Jason: A LOT OF SUPPORT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH SKIN IN THE GAME HERE ON THIS AND THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW SUCCESSFUL THIS PROGRAM WILL BE BUT THEY'RE SAYING, SOFAR, TODAY WAS THE ROLLOUT, AND FOUR PEOPLE SIGNED UP ONLINE TO GET ON THE PROGRAM AND ARE EITHER IN REHAB OR DETOX, SO THAT'S A GOOD SIGN LIVE IN CLINTON TOWNSHIP JASON COLTHORP, LOCAL 4 >> Devin: AND JUST TO CLARIFY: ONCE THEY'RE ARRESTED, IT'S TOO LATE, RIGHT? >> Jason: FOR NOW

BUT IF PEOPLE GET ARRESTED ON A DRUG CRIME, THEY'RE IN THE SYSTEM AND HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE LEGAL RECOURSE BUT THIS IS JUST BEGINNING AND WANT TO TRY AND BUILD THIS AND GET TO THE POINT WHERE THEY CAN HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE ARRESTED

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