HOPE Program’s First Year Helped More Than 250 People

The Heroin Overdose Prevention & Education (HOPE) program, re-directs individuals with little or no criminal history charged with misdemeanor or lower drug-possession crimes to community-based treatment programs where they can receive an assessment and treatment.

From the programs launch on Jan. 17, 2017 to January 30th, 2018, 291 people have signed up for the program, and 263 have successfully completed the program, and had their cases withdrawn giving the program a 90% success rate.

“We are continuing our battle to lock up the dealers who put this poison on our streets but too often in our criminal justice system, individuals suffering from substance abuse disorder find that treatment or services are too far out of their reach or offered too late in the process to have meaning in their lives,” District Attorney Michael McMahon said in a written statement.

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