Praise Initiative to Send Addicts to Treatment Instead of Jail


Target: Sefatia Romeo Theken, Mayor of Gloucester, Massacusetts

Goal: Praise comprehensive new drug treatment policy bankrolled by money seized from drug dealers.

Drug addicts will be given treatment for their illness rather than being jailed thanks to a new plan announced by the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department. As part of a new city plan, any person that surrenders their drugs or paraphernalia to the police station and asks for help will not be charged, but paired with a volunteer called an “Angel.” These angels will schedule a stay at a treatment facility or even transport an addict to an emergency room if necessary, as well as arrange post-recovery support.

The city will also provide free, no-questions-asked doses of Naloxone, a drug used to counteract opiate overdoses, to anyone that asks for it at a pharmacy. When administered in a timely fashion, this drug can save the lives of those who have ingested a lethal dose of opiates. This, as well as the drug treatment, will be paid for by money seized from drug dealing operations.

This innovative new approach is intended to address the city’s growing problem with opioid addiction. While there has been an overall decrease in drug-related fatalities in the past ten years, deaths related to opiate overdose have soared. The small city has seen four opiate-related deaths so far this year, or almost one each month.

Not only does this initiative focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment, it provides addicts with lifesaving resources such as Naloxone and lifelong support. It will help relieve overcrowding in the prison system, which currently houses tens of thousands of nonviolent offenders detained for drug possession. Sign the petition below to praise Gloucester’s innovative new drug treatment strategy.


Dear Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken,

The city of Gloucester has announced a comprehensive new policy to address the city’s rising opiate addiction problem. The police department will provide treatment, hospital care, and post-recovery support to anyone who turns in their drugs or drug paraphernalia, while pharmacies will dispense free doses of Naloxone, a drug used to counteract opiate overdoses. The entire program will be bankrolled with proceeds seized from drug dealers in the city.

This approach is a novel way to reduce the prison population and shift the focus from incarceration to rehabilitation. If successful, this program could set a new precedent for dealing with drug addicts all over the world. We, the undersigned, praise your innovative solution to Gloucester’s growing drug problem.


[Your Name Here]

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