As opioid abuse continues to kill, we often hear this phrase from law enforcement: "We can't arrest our way out this crisis." One alternative, the brainchild of a Massachusetts police chief: Help, not handcuffs. The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative encourages addicts to turn over their drugs and paraphernalia and instead of facing arrest, they get treatment. A hundred departments nationwide have signed on.
-Nicole Walmsley, Ohio state representative for P.A.A.R.I
-Chief Matt Vanyo, Olmsted Township Police Department
-Sgt. Patrick Greenhill, Supervisor, Community Engagement Unit, Berea Police Department
-Andrew Nichol, Criminal Division Chief, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office