STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2017) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven) launching an alternative treatment program fighting the drug epidemic in Allen County could soon become law.
According to Heine, those dealing with substance abuse who enter the criminal justice system have a 75 percent rate of reoffending. Heine said the pilot program established under this policy allows those afflicted with addiction to participate in a sober living community helping patients to detox, learn applicable life and vocational skills, and reenter the community. Similar programs in other states have shown a lower risk of relapse in individuals addicted than if they had been sent to jail.
“Our community has the third-largest population in Indiana, and like other counties, we have been hit with an opioid epidemic our criminal justice system is straining to contain,” Heine said. “Not only will this program work to lower the amount of relapses for those addicted, but also save more lives in our community.”
According to Heine, the data gathered from this program will serve as a tool for the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse by providing valuable insight into the effectiveness of this model, and may also result in expanding the opportunity for similar programs across our state based on its success.
This legislation is now eligible for consideration as a new law by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about House Enrolled Act 510.
State Rep. Dave Heine represents House District 85,
which contains Portions of Allen County.
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