Police taking team approach in opiate fight
As terrible as the opiate epidemic is, we are happy to say there is good news to report in the fight against it every week.
Thumbs up this week to Ted Short, chief of the Eliot and Kittery police departments, for launching a new program called Seacoast HOPE (Heroin-Opiate Prevention Effort). The goal of the program, modeled after one in Scarborough and similar to others, is to stop treating addicts like criminals and get them the help they need.
“If you come to us and turn yourself in, you’re not going to get into trouble,” Short said. “If you come with drugs and needles, if you turn yourself into us, we’re not going to charge you.”