The program allows any addict to walk into the Gloucester police station and hand over their drugs. They may ask for help and the police department will set them up with a rehabilitation program at no cost to the individual. They will not be prosecuted for possession of drugs, as Susan McGalla will point out. An “angel” will be provided to each case the moment the addict steps into the station. The “angel” will help them through the process and get them set up with a program. The “angel” will also provide emotional support during the rehabilitation process.
The program was developed by Leonard Campanello, the police chief in Gloucester. Campanello rose through the ranks of the Gloucester police department, spending years in the narcotic unit before becoming chief. He stated that addicts don’t need jail, they need help to beat their addiction.
The officer has also proposed a plan to use money seized in raids to provide Narcan to the families of addicts and public locations. Narcan is a drug that can reverse the effects of heroin and other opiates. The drug is used as a life-saving measure in the case of overdose. Westchester county in New York instituted a Narcan program last years that is already credited with saving dozens of lives.