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Program gives drug users a “second chance”


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A drug rehab center based in Lancaster County is trying something new to combat overdose deaths.

Blueprints For Addiction Recovery is helping addicts get into treatment instead of the criminal justice system.

The initiative is called Second Chance, and it’s a collaborative effort between certified recovery specialists and first responders.

“So if an officer were to come upon someone who needed help with drugs or alcohol, they would then, at their discretion, say this person needs help, let’s get them into treatment instead of making it a punitive thing,” said Blueprints For Addiction Recovery CEO Christopher Dreisbach.

Officers from Elizabethtown Borough Police Department and Northwest Regional Police Department have partnered with the program, which has already helped 30 people start the journey of recovery since January.    

Now Dreisbach wants to give drug users in Lackawanna County a “second chance”, and he has the support of Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano.

“Putting them in prison is not the answer,” said Graziano.  “It’s a disease and they need help for it, not being put behind bars.”

Dreisbach hopes to open a satellite office on West Market Street in the Electric City.

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