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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 8:15 pm | Updated: 8:50 pm, Mon Jul 15, 2013.

People who are arrested for opiate possession in Santa Fe would be immediately sent to treatment programs instead of jail under a three-year pilot program recommended to the City Council by its Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Task Force.

The task force says the best way to close a revolving door of drug arrests and related property crime is a “pre-booking diversion program.” A resolution calling for establishment of the program is making its way through the city review process and earned a recommendation for approval Monday night from the city Finance Committee.

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4 comments:

  • Denise vialpando posted at 2:14 pm on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Denise123 Posts: 2

    As someone that has been experiencing this issue for quite some time Thank you!
    We need treatment facilities more than you all know. This does not only affect the addicted it impacts the immediate family more than anyone can realize. I have dealt with recovery centers in state and out of state trying to help my son yet today he is still addicted. I struggle more than I can cope these days yet I have to put on a "brave" smile as I have responsibilities that I cannot ignore, yet there is not a day or night that goes by that I do not worry about my son. Tough love is the most difficult choice a parent makes yet I finally realized I could not be my son`s enabler ....there are too many enablers out there that mom should`nt have to be one as well. Parents out there that are trying to fight the "drug demon" need this help so Thank you once again. May God Bless the addicted and guide them through this.

     
  • henry griswold posted at 8:53 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 212

    now let the "pot busted" out on probation!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:43 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 618

    Are people really tossed in jail for possession of opiates, or for the crimes them commit in order to get money to buy the damn opiates?

    Get them treatment, that way they won't break into houses, or beg for money at Walgreens anymore.

     
  • mark mocha posted at 5:49 am on Tue, Jul 16, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 207

    It's about time. Putting addicts in jail is a waste of time and money. Treatment has a higher success rate and is much cheaper. And if they use Suboxone as the primary detox aid the rate of success will increase. The only caveat is to NOT use the recommended taper schedule of 16mg for over a year and then start tapering. In my experience a faster taper has a better rate of success because most addicts have a very short attention span and the longer you stretch it out the more likely it is that the recovering addict will walk away.
    At any rate congrats for being proactive and trying to reduce prison overcrowding by using diversionary programs like this.

     
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