Facing opioid abuse in Escanaba, police try rehab approach

Jun 14, 2016

Some cities have been looking at a program that takes a different approach to people with addictions who sometimes have run-ins with the law.

In Michigan, Escanaba is trying the new approach. It's called the ANGEL Program.

Escanaba City Manager Jim O'Toole​ joined us to talk about it.

According to The Escanaba Express, "Any person who enters the police department and requests help with their addiction to Schedule I, II, III, IV, controlled substances will be immediately screened into the ANGEL program."

Additionally, "If such a person who has requested help with their addiction is in possession of drugs or their drug equipment (needles, etc.), they will not be charged."

Jim O'Toole is the Escanaba City Manager.