FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) introduced Wednesday that the KSP Angel Initiative, which closed its doorways in April as a result of COVID-19, is now reopening.
The KSP Angel Initiative is a program devoted to serving to individuals with drug dependancy and is offered at 16 totally different KSP areas.
“The Angel Initiative’s mission is to assist addicts once they want it essentially the most and thankfully, we will as soon as once more welcome these looking for assist to our posts,” stated KSP Angel Initiative Program Administrator, Danielle Perkins.
This system permits KSP to accomplice with the Kentucky Workplace of Drug Management Coverage (ODCP) to supply drug therapy to Kentuckians.
Justice and Public Security Cupboard Secretary Mary Noble believes this partnership represents ‘Staff Kentucky’. “There isn’t a doubt that the nationwide opioid disaster is hitting Kentucky at an alarming charge,” stated Secretary Noble. “When two companies pool their assets collectively, we’re higher in a position, as one group, to assist Kentuckians battling dependancy. Each life saved from substance abuse and opioid demise is a life value preventing for.”
Kentuckians that conform to therapy with the Angel Initiative won’t be arrested or charged with any violations. Any participation in this system should be finished voluntarily.
“Having the energy to ask for assist is step one to therapeutic. We aren’t right here to arrest or belittle anybody, we’re right here to serve,” added Perkins.
In 2019, drug dependancy killed 1,316 Kentuckians. 759 of the 1,316 instances had been due particularly to Fentanyl.
“My administration shares the issues of many relating to the challenges introduced by the conflict towards the novel coronavirus and perceive that the pandemic has performed a job in rising the chance for substance use and overdose deaths,” stated Gov. Andy Beshear. “In 2016, KSP launched the Angel Initiative, by means of funding from the Kentucky Workplace of Drug Management Coverage (ODCP). This program is one the numerous therapy and assets out there in Kentucky. Anybody affected by a substance use dysfunction can go to a KSP publish and be paired with an area officer who will help with finding an acceptable therapy program. It’s necessary to understand that all of us possess the ability to assist save lives.”
New pointers have been made with a view to reopen safely. Gloves and masks should now be worn, and temperatures will probably be taken. Members should additionally enter the constructing alone and take a COVID-19 questionnaire.
If you’re within the Angel Initiative and want to know extra, please click on here.
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