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Opioid addiction assistance program expands statewide

Posted at 2:56 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 08:32:14-05

An opioid assistance program through the State Police has expanded to all 30 Michigan State Police (MSP) posts statewide.

The Angel Program is a diversion program for those that have not been arrested but are struggling with drug addiction.

This program is now operational at all MSP posts and those seeking help can go to any of these posts between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

“The opioid epidemic is real and we all need to do our part to stop it,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “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.”

The Michigan State Police sent out a press release highlighting the history of the program:

- The Angel Program first launched in October 2016 at the MSP Gaylord Post. Since then it has expanded across the state, most recently becoming operational in metro Detroit. To date, 37 people have been admitted to treatment through the program.

- The Angel Program is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans, private donations and a grant from P.A.A.R.I. (the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative). P.A.A.R.I. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the Gloucester Police addiction initiatives, aid other police departments to implement similar programs, and foster a dialogue around the unique opportunity for police departments to take direct action against the disease of drug addiction in their communities.

“The addiction epidemic is impacting every community in our state and having the Angel Program available across Michigan will help families struggling with addiction have more second chances and fewer funerals,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “Congratulations to the Michigan State Police and everyone involved in expanding this life-saving program for this national problem.”