Lincoln Police Department
adopts "Safe Passages" program for those with opioid
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[October 11, 2017]
- The Lincoln Police Department is pleased to announce beginning
Monday, October 9th, the department will implement the "Safe Passages"
program for the purposes of providing a light at the end of the tunnel
for those addicted to an opioid. Too many times heroin, or other opioid,
overdoses have resulted in lives being cut short.
To help reduce the number of fatal and nonfatal overdoses in
Lincoln, the department will change the way it handles addicts who
request help with their addiction to opiates such as morphine,
heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone as found in OxyContin®, Percocet®, and
Percodan®, and hydrocodone as found in Vicodin®.
There are limited facilities in the central Illinois area to care
for these individuals, and it is very difficult to gain admission to
inpatient facilities. It is recognized that there is a narrow
window; generally, 12 – 24 hours, to help a person addicted to
opiates when they decide they want help. The purpose of this program
is to divert them away from the criminal justice system and
immediately into treatment.
With the strong support of Mayor Seth Goodman and the Lincoln City
Council, the support of Police Chief Paul Adams, and with the
support of the Logan County State’s Attorney Jonathon Wright, the
City of Lincoln is adopting the Safe Passages Initiative to address
the needs of any Logan County resident who comes into the Lincoln
Police Department requesting help with their opiate addiction.
Beginning Monday, October 9, 2017, those that are addicted to an
opioid simply need to come to the Lincoln Police Department, 911
Pekin St, Lincoln, to speak with an officer who will initiate the
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A similar program was established by the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery
Initiative in Massachusetts and was adopted in Illinois by the cities Dixon,
Pekin, and several other agencies in the state.
In Lincoln and Logan County, this program is supported locally by the ALMH
Community Health Collaborative (HCP) and the Logan County Opioid Taskforce.
The department is issuing a flyer with details about the program. A printable
pdf version is posted with this news release. Everyone is encouraged to print
the flyer, and have it available as a resource for those who may be looking for
a way out of their addiction.
The program is specifically for those with an opioid addiction, and there are
eligibility requirements associated with the program for the safety of those
involved. Those requirements are outlined in the flyer.
Lincoln Police Department Safe Passages Initiative
Chief of Police
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