'Hope Not Handcuffs' initiative launches today in Port Huron

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 12:28:50-05

PORT HURON, Mich. (WXYZ) — Struggling with drug or alcohol addiction? Police officers would like to help.

The Port Huron Police Department have launched the "Hope Not Handcuffs" initiative in the City of Port Huron.

People dealing with substance addiction can come to the Port Huron Police Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and ask for help.

Hope Not Handcuffs was started by Families Against Narcotics (FAN), aiming to bring law enforcement an community organizations together in an effort to find viable treatment options for people seeking help to reduce dependency with heroin, prescription drugs and alcohol.

The department says if a person is uninsured or has Medicaid, they will work directly with the local Office of Substance Abuse Services for placement. If a person has private insurance, they will provided with treatment options covered by their plan.

Organizers stress that those seeking help will be assisted regardless of when they chose come to the police department or whether they have insurance or not.

More than 75 volunteer Angels will help with the paperwork and provide compassionate support until a treatment option is found.

Anyone with questions or looking for more information about the initiative can click here.