Help for drug addicts: Angel Program expands in mid-Michigan

UPDATE (5:25 p.m.) – The Michigan State Police is partnering with local law enforcement to get more drug addicts the help they need.

Lt. Lisa Rish with the Michigan State Police announced Tuesday it would be expanding it’s “Angel Program” to include 4 more places in mid-Michigan.

“Not only can the person who’s suffering from addiction come to the state police post, they can now go to the Ingham County Sheriffs Department, they can go to the Lansing Police Department they can go to Potterville PD, and they can go to the Stockbridge Police Department,” she Rish said.

According to Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski, heroin-related deaths are on the rise in Lansing.

“Over the last 2 years in 14 and 15 we had over 20 heroin related deaths,” Yankowski said. “So far in 2017 we’re at 14 deaths.”

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth said by allowing addicts to have even more places to seek help, they’ll hopefully be able to see that number go down.

“People coming into our lobby, they’re sick, they’re dying and they’re finally realizing that and asking for help because they don’t want to die,” Wriggelsworth said. “Our job should always be to do everything we can do to facilitate helping them try to find help.”

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Drug addiction is a growing problem across the country.

One way Michigan State Police are fight it is through their “Angel Program” and today the department will hold a news conference to announce new partners in that effort.

The Angel Program allows someone with a drug addiction to walk into a police department and get help without worrying they’ll be arrested, or investigated.

And now the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Lansing Police Department will participate as well.

The State Police say this kind of partnership makes the program more effective.

Almost 200 police departments nationwide take part in the Angel Program.

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