angel initiative logoNORTONVILLE, Ky. (1/13/20) — With 2020 now here, Kentucky State Police Post 2 offers help to those seeking change in their lives through the agency's Angel Initiative.

In March 2018, KSP launched the Angel Initiative across the commonwealth of Kentucky, Post 2 Spokesman Rob Austin reports. The Initiative encourages individuals suffering with substance use disorder to visit a local KSP post for assistance with treatment.

The statewide program encourages individuals seeking addiction treatment to visit a KSP post, where he or she will be paired with a local officer who will assist with locating an appropriate treatment program, the trooper explained. It is completely voluntary, and the individual will not be arrested or charged with any violations if he or she agrees to participate in treatment.

Last year, KSP reports it had 129 people across the state seek help via the Angel Initiative. Of those seeking help, 77 percent (99 candidates), were successfully placed in a same day treatment program. Of those candidates, 64 percent were male, while 36 percent were female.

In 2019, KSP Post 2 in Madisonville had six individuals take advantage of the program. Since the Angel Initiative’s statewide launch in 2018, KSP Post 2 has had a total of 16 candidates. Of those 16, 75 percent (12 candidates) were placed in same-day treatment.

The most self-reported drugs abused in 2019 were:

Methamphetamine

Prescription opiates and heroin

Marijuana

KSP encourages anyone suffering with substance use, and is wanting change, to reach out to their local Kentucky State Police Post for more information about the program.

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