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Michigan State Police opioid addiction assistance program expands statewide

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Posted at 9:03 AM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 09:03:17-05

The Michigan State Police Angel Program is now active and operational at all 30 MSP posts statewide. 

The program is a pre-arrest diversion program for those struggling with drug addiction.

Those seeking treatment can go to any MSP post during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Through the Angel Program, someone can walk into a state police post to seek help for their addiction, without the fear of arrest or investigation.

If accepted into the program, the individual is guided through a professional substance abuse assessment and intake process to ensure proper treatment placement. 

An "Angel volunteer," who is a member of the local community, is present to support the individual during the process and to provide transportation to the identified treatment facility.

"The opioid epidemic is real and we all need to do our part to stop it," said MSP Director Col. Kriste Etue. "More people in Michigan die from drug overdoses than car crashes, and the Angel Program is one way the Michigan State Police is helping to reduce drug demand and serve those struggling with this deadly addiction.

Launched in October 2016, 37 people have been admitted to treatment through the program. 

To learn more about the MSP Angel Program, visit www.michigan.gov/AngelProgram