Ocala Police Department Launches Amnesty Program To Combat Opioid Abuse
The Ocala Police Department announced an amnesty program for people addicted to opioids in an effort to limit drug overdoses and drug-related deaths in Ocala.
The Heroin/Opioid Amnesty program, announced Tuesday, was created under the Heroin/Opioid Task Force established by Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn last May in response to 70 deaths linked to opioids in 2016. In 2017 alone, 78 people overdosed, and 16 people died, with the average age of overdose victims being 38.
Since the start of 2018, the city has responded to 22 overdoses, seven of which were fatal.
Guinn said that under the program anyone seeking assistance from police will not be arrested as long as they surrender any illegal substances. Also, they will not be added to any criminal activity lists within the police department, said Greg Graham, Ocala police chief.
People addicted to opioids can reach out for amnesty in three ways: by walking into the police department, by calling the department or by seeking help from any police officer.
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