Lansing law enforcement teams up with organization to help fight drug addiction

Feb 22, 2021

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A Michigan nonprofit that helps people struggling with narcotics abuse is expanding to 14 law enforcement agencies in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties.

The program is called Hope Not Handcuffs. With Thursday’s announcement, the non-profit called Families Against Narcotics now coordinates with 100 police departments in 13 counties.

Linda Davis is the Executive Director of Families Against Narcotics. She says anyone wanting help treating addiction can walk into a participating police department and be connected with volunteers she calls “angels.”

“A lot of them are families that have experienced addiction in their own homes and want it to be better for the next person,” said Davis.

Davis says that help usually arrives within 25 minutes.

Police agencies added to the system include those in Lansing and East Lansing, and the Ingham and Eaton County Sheriff’s Departments.