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Cape Coral Police implementing new program to reduce opioid deaths

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Posted at 1:15 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 14:44:48-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Police say they are changing the way officers interact with people requesting help for addiction to opioids.

Cape Coral Police say a new program will have a mission to help reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses.

It's called Heroin-Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE), and the department hopes it will improve the quality of life for those that are in need of treatment and support for their families.

“As Police Chief I am dedicated to the citizens of Cape Coral who are addicted to opioids and want help to end their addiction," says Chief David Newlan.

We will learn more about the program at a press conference Wednesday.