Posts Tagged ‘Heroin’

Kinder, Gentler Policing: Rethinking The War On Drugs

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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Last year, the police chief of Gloucester Massachusetts made an unusual offer on his department’s Facebook page. Heroin addicts who come

Montague Police Chief Chip Dodge

voluntarily to the police station will not get arrested; they’ll get help.The post went viral and led to the creation of  the Gloucester Angel program, in which the police help addicts find drug treatment options. The Gloucester effort has gotten national press and spread to dozens of other police departments around the country. Karen Brown spent time with one New England police chief who was inspired by the Gloucester example – though with not quite the same results. [Aired on WHYY's The Pulse, Feb 2016, and New England Public Radio, March 2016.]

Sequel: Lance and Nina – A Recovering Addict Moves On …

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Lance Rice graduates from ‘drug court’ in Greenfield, Mass., April 2015.

Last Spring, New England Public Radio aired a story about a recovering heroin addict in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, named Lance Rice and the woman whose house he robbed, Nina Rossi.

Back then, sitting in Rossi’s kitchen, Rice said, “I’m so grateful there’s people like Nina out there, because the normal person would automatically hate somebody who did that to their home.” And Rossi responded, “Well, I did hate you, Lance. We had your picture from the newspaper with ‘F.U.’ written on it on the refrigerator. Cuz we felt violated.”

And yet they forged an unlikely friendship as Rice entered a court program that offers treatment instead of jail.

A year later, many things have evolved – in Rice’s recovery, and in his relationship with Nina Rossi.

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