Nationwide addiction program expands to Alpena

MSP_RD_left2_452014_7A nationwide addiction program has expanded to Alpena, making it the third community in Michigan to join the effort.

It’s called the Angel Program, it allows people struggling with addictions to walk into a state police post and seek help without fear of arrest.

Ashley Simpson is a Community Service Trooper with the Michigan State Police.

“We’ve come to the realization that with the drug problem that we have throughout the state that we can no longer try and arrest our way out of it, and by offering a program where we are able to get these people into treatment, we’re hoping to see some of these numbers decline.”

Simpson says participants can not be sex offenders,or have active warrants or pending court action.

She says under the program, police will help an addict fill out paperwork and will transport them to a rehab center.

More information on the Angel Program is at the Michigan State Police website.