Police in Gloucester, Massachusetts have taken an innovative approach to the war on drugs. A new policy launched in June offers an amnesty program to heroin and opioid users to voluntarily turn themselves in to seek treatment services. Since the program started 104 people have turned themselves seeking recovery options. All of the participants have been placed in a drug treatment program at a total cost of $5,000.00 to the police department.
Other communities are taking note and taking a new approach to the war on crime. For example, officers in Seattle, Washington have the discretion to re-direct low level drug and prostitution offenders into treatment programs.