Councilor: Reduce jail overcrowding by “decriminalizing” heroin

The idea is to place addicts in to treatment

BOSTON (WWLP) – A member of the Governor’s Council has come up with a controversial way to help treat heroin addicts.

Governor’s Councilor Robert Jubinville wants the Baker Administration to consider “decriminalizing” heroin use by addicts, and have the state take over the operation of methadone clinics.

The idea is to reduce jail overcrowding and get addicts into treatment.

Chris Barre of Greenfield told 22News, “You’re sending them to jail and stuff right off the bat. They’re not apt to ask for help. They’re getting punished, but they’re not fixing the disease. They’re not treating it.”

Councilor Jubinville would like to see methadone clinics available in every courthouse.

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