Brooklyn authorities reveal plan to treat people rather than prosecute them for low-level drug crimes

Get our instant notifications as news happens You can manage them anytime using browser settings Brooklyn prosecutors and police are teaming up to get addicts into recovery, instead of the system. “We are saying we are prioritizing people’s lives over securing convictions,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Tuesday, flanked by cops, council members and treatment specialists in Coney Island, a neighborhood that’s been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. The initiative — dubbed Project CLEAR — works with people arrested for low-level drug crimes. Gonzalez said typically those suspects get a desk appearance ticket requiring them to go to court, where they could get probation, a lesser charge or a couple of days in jail. But, he said the opioid addiction across the city and the country, mark a “new time in our history” and call for “new approaches.” Those busted will now get the ticket, plus directions from a “peer recovery coach” on naloxone, an overdose antidote. They’ll also get a choice to go to a community center within seven days. Brooklyn authorities reveal plan to treat people rather than prosecute them for low-level drug crimes

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