The Angel Initiative anti-drug program sees its number of participants increase

HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) – Drug addiction is hard to beat, but Kentucky State Police say the Angel Initiative is helping.

This program has helped five people so far this year, and that’s just at the KSP post in Henderson. There are more and more of them in Kentucky.

The KSP Angel Initiative drug program has been around for a few years now, but Private Corey King says the numbers have been particularly good lately.

“You have to keep in mind whether it’s five, 10, 15 or even one – these are people who have hit rock bottom and decided they need help and want to do something,” said King. “We want to make sure we are that vehicle to get them the help they need so they can have a better future.”

Anyone dealing with addiction can go to one of the 16 KSP stations, and hand in their illicit drugs, without fear of legal consequences.

KSP will give them a place in a treatment center to help them with their addiction.

“People who want to turn over their illicit drugs to us, we don’t charge for them,” King said. “We’re taking that and destroying that property and giving them whatever help they want, because keep in mind those people who come out there and say, ‘I’m an addict’, that takes a lot in itself.”

King says their help knows no bounds. The Henderson post saw people from all over.

“We’ve seen people from other states come to post 16,” King said. “We saw people from other counties.”

So how do people find out about the program? King says each post has what’s called a victim advocate.

“It’s a civilian position, not a person in uniform to make sure you get the right treatment for addiction, and going out into the community to network with others struggling with addiction,” King said.

KSP has a tab for this program on their websitewhere they have a brochure with more details and how to get help.

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