People seeking drug abuse treatment will be able to get help from state police under a program now available across Kentucky. Governor Matt Bevin joined the Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders and state Justice and Public Safety Secretary John Tilley to announce the Angel Initiative. The program encourages people suffering with a substance use disorder to visit a local KSP post for assistance with treatment. People who choose to participate in the program will be paired with a local officer who will help them find a treatment program. Officials said the program is completely voluntary, and participants will not be arrested or charged with any violations if they agree to participate in treatment. The program is in conjunction with Governor Bevin’s “Don’t Let Them Die” campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the opioid epidemic and offering treatment resources to fight addiction. Last year, more than 1,400 people died from drug overdoses in Kentucky.
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