The Port Huron Police Department has officially launched the “Hope Not Handcuffs” initiative in the City of Port Huron. The new program is aimed at persons struggling with any drug or alcohol addiction. Individuals struggling with substance use will now be welcomed to come to the Port Huron Police Department when the lobby is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and ask for help. The Department says when individuals do this, they will be greeted with support, compassion, and respect. Upon arrival, a police officer will contact an “Angel” who will arrive and begin guiding the person through a brief intake process to ensure proper treatment.
The new initiative was started by Families Against Narcotics (FAN), aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together in an effort to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce dependency with heroin, prescription drugs, and alcohol.
Over 75 volunteer Angels will help with the paperwork and provide compassionate support until a treatment option is found. A toll free number has been set up for any questions about the program at 833-202-HOPE (4673). The police department also added that individuals will not be turned away outside of normal business hours.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.