New program allows heroin users to turn themselves in - KMOV.com

New program allows heroin users to turn themselves in

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (KMOV) – Heroin has plagued the Metro East, but local law enforcement agencies are fighting back. The state attorney’s office, along with the police department, announced a new pilot program that allows heroin users to turn themselves in and ask for treatment without the fear of prosecution.  Authorities made this announcement at Moody Park on Saturday.

Liberty Roth has been clean for five years and she couldn’t be happier with the announcement.

“That's the biggest step in the right direction that they can do. It brought tears to my eyes. My friend walked up crying and we just cried and held each other because that makes it easier for us to get help,” Roth said.

Roth spoke following the announcement about the dangers of the drug. She wants young people to understand that this drug is not anything you would ever want to try.

“After a while you don't do it to get high, you do it to stay not sick. You don't do it because you want to you do it because you have to,” Roth said.

Roth said she understands that asking for help can be scary, but said it’s important for if anyone using heroin to get help immediately.

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