Target: Mr. Leonard Campanello, Gloucester, MA Chief of Police
Goal: Praise new drug addiction treatment program that helps addicts instead of throwing them in jail.
A new protocol that allows drug addicts to turn themselves in to police in order to receive treatment has been introduced by a small town in Massachusetts. This revolutionary program lets addicts come forward and hand over their drugs to police in order to receive treatment instead of being arrested. This program is based on compassion and will do a great deal to help those afflicted with drug addiction to reclaim the lives that they have lost.
The new program has a simple mantra: Addicts are people and people can change. This idea not only humanizes those who are addicted to narcotics, it helps to change the relationship between police and drug users. Traditionally police have been tasked with “fighting crime,” which often meant fighting against those who used narcotics and attempting to get them put in jail for as long as possible. That reaction to drug use in a community is not only useless, it sweeps the problem of drug use under the rug. It’s treating the symptoms and not the causes. Furthermore, addicts who are tossed into prison with little regard for their humanity or addiction are extremely likely to relapse when, and if, they get out of prison.
This new program seeks to deal with the societal problems that cause drug use in the first place and help those who have already fallen victim to it with therapy. Locking up addicts for an arbitrary amount of time just doesn’t work and it is wonderful that people, especially police, are starting to realize that. Please sign here to praise this new drug treatment program and to encourage other cities and towns to adopt a similar one.
Dear Chief Campanello,
I am writing to thank you for implementing a program that will ensure those addicted to narcotics can receive the treatment they need without fear of legal recourse. Your new program does one of the most important things to help treat drug addiction and that is viewing addicts like regular people. All too often those addicted to drugs are treated as sub-human or lesser, but your program treats them like people and people can always change.
Your program will also do a great deal to change the relationship between those who are addicted to drugs and the police. Traditionally it has been the role of police to “fight crime,” which meant fighting against drug users. Now, thanks to you and your department, the police are welcoming drug users to come forward and work with them to stop addiction once and for all.
I would like to thank you once more and encourage you to spread this revolutionary idea as far as you possibly can. When the world stops thinking of those addicted to drugs as criminals and starts to see them as victims, drug addiction will no longer be the plague it is today.
[Your Name Here]
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