WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With a rise in deadly heroin overdoses, the federal government is trying to push for treatment, instead of prosecution for addicts.
The $2.5 million program would cover 15 states, including Massachusetts. It includes creating additional treatment options for addicts, and would fund tracing the sources of heroin.
Tracey Black of West Springfield told 22News, “I’ve had enough family and friends have children die and it’s hard. It’s really hard. Instead of just putting them in jail, you’re not helping them at all.”
Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.
Under the White House program, analysts will collect data on overdoses and trends, and also train first responders to use medication that can reverse overdoses.