Nashville Police don’t want to see possible charges come in the way of a person seeking help for heroin addiction.
“Since November 1st of 2015, Nash County as a whole has responded to about 65 overdose calls, now it’s hard to determine whether all of those were heroin calls, but that’s a lot,” Nashville Police Chief, Thomas Bashore, said.
Its why Nashville Police launched the Hope Initiative – a project that allows opiate addicts, seeking help, to come to the police department to be connected with counselling and resources without the fear of incarceration.
“We didn’t want them to be in fear of, if they had drugs on them, or paraphernalia, so we’re not going to charge them with that,” Bashore said.
“We’re just going to take the drugs from them, obviously, and destroy them, so they can just continue with the program.” (continue reading)