Recently, 40 people were arrested in Bergen County on drug charges.
While many people in this situation assume that jail is their only option, the county has decided to take a different approach this time around. Instead, the offenders were offered a bed at a local detox facility.
According to officials, the arrests were the result of "Operation Helping Hand." While arrests were made, authorities hope that these people will make better decisions in the future with the right help on their side.
In the end, 11 of the 40 people agreed to enter a five-day detox program. These people will receive treatment at Bergen Regional Medical Center while a 12th will go through a detox program at the county jail.
Although those who agree to the treatment are still facing criminal charges, it shows that authorities care about helping them get better. Furthermore, and more importantly, it proves that the people want to get their life back on track.
When you look at the statistics, it's easy to see why Bergen County officials are cracking down. In 2015 alone, there were nearly 100 fatal overdoses in the county. This year, things aren't much better, with 48 overdose fatalities thus far.
Some people are arrested on a drug charge and never think twice about how they can change their life for the better. Bergen County officials are hoping to make a positive change.
When people are arrested on such charges, they should consider all the help that is available to them, while also learning more about their legal rights.
Source: NJ.com, "Detox or jail? 40 arrested in 5-day heroin sweep given choice," Anthony G. Attrino, NJ Advance Media, Sep. 01, 2016