How ‘Deflection’ By Police Can Help Fight Opioid Addiction

Government Shutdown Raises Questions About Opioid Treatment Process
In this photo illustration, bottles of the generic prescription pain medication buprenorphine are seen in a pharmacy on Feb. 4, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla. The narcotic drug is used as an alternative to methadone to help addicts recovering from heroin use. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Government Shutdown Raises Questions About Opioid Treatment Process
In this photo illustration, bottles of the generic prescription pain medication buprenorphine are seen in a pharmacy on Feb. 4, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla. The narcotic drug is used as an alternative to methadone to help addicts recovering from heroin use. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

How ‘Deflection’ By Police Can Help Fight Opioid Addiction

Instead of arresting them, police in Chicago, Lake County and beyond are diverting some opioid addicts into treatment.

Morning Shift digs into the technique and its potential benefits.

GUEST: Jac Charlier, executive director of the TASC Center for Health And Justice

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(The Crime Report 1/7/19)