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Posted on: December 8, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Operation HOPE (Heroin – Opiate Prevention Effort)

Since July 1, 2016, The Ipswich Police Department has implement Operation HOPE (Heroin – Opiate Prevention Effort).  Any person who enters the Ipswich Police Station, between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, and requests help with their addiction to opiates, will be immediately screened into the Operation HOPE program. These hours are established to ensure the Ipswich Police Department has adequate staff available to provide the appropriate level of assistance.
Participation in Operation HOPE is voluntary.  If a potential program participant subsequently elects not to request assistance or continue with program screening, they will be allowed to depart and no force will be used to detain them or prevent them from doing so.
An Operation HOPE “Angel” will be contacted. Upon arrival of the Angel, the officer will brief the Angel on the situation and transition the program participant to the care of the Angel.
The officer will to assist them in exploring treatment options and attempting to identify a program or facility which can assist the participant.

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