As hard drugs continue to devastate families and communities around the nation, now Connecticut police are taking the lead from a program pioneered in Massachusetts.

In a story from FOX NEWS 61, a Massachusetts police program that helps fast track heroin addicts into treatment is catching on in Connecticut, as well as other states.

Gloucester police say nearly 40 departments in nine states, including Connecticut, are taking a cue from their ANGEL program.

Here's how the Gloucester Massachusetts Police Department is running the program:

Addicts can go to the police station and be connected to a treatment program if they commit to getting clean. They are assigned a volunteer “angel,” and the addict can turn in their drugs and drug paraphernalia, no questions asked.

As I said earlier, heroin addiction is running rampant and it destroys so many lives, that any steps taken to help, is a positive thing.

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