13 Oakland County police departments join Hope Not Handcuffs program

Police work to help people addicted to substances

By Tony Statz - Producer

More police departments are joining the Hope Not Handcuffs program. (WDIV)

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. - There are 13 Oakland County police departments joining the Hope Not Handcuffs program, according to authorities.

Hope Not Handcuffs is a collaborative effort between Families Against Narcotics, law enforcement officials and other organizations to help those addicted to prescription pills, heroin and other substances.

If a person comes to a participating police department seeking help, the Hope Not Handcuffs team will work to get them into treatment as soon as possible. Hope Not Handcuffs launched in Macomb County on Feb. 1, 2017, and has helped connect more than 1,200 participants with the resources and support they deserve.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the following departments launched their participation:

  • Bloomfield Township Police Department
  • Clawson Police Department
  • Farmington Public Safety
  • Farmington Hills Police Department
  • Huntington Woods Public Safety 
  • Madison Heights Police Department
  • Royal Oak Police Department
  • South Lyon Police Department
  • Southfield Police Department
  • Waterford Township Police Department
  • West Bloomfield Police Department
  • White Lake Township Police Department
  • Wixom Police Department

"Police departments can make a difference by working as partners with the community," Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said. "The unique physiological effects and widespread usage of opioids make holistic approaches like this more likely to be effective. Police officers now have access to patient-centered intervention through Hope Not Handcuffs."

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