Pennsylvania expands law enforcement initiative

Pennsylvania expands law enforcement initiative

Pennsylvania recently expanded the PA Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI) to include Dauphin and Northumberland counties.

The initiative assists residents suffering from substance use disorders to find treatment programs. Those seeking treatment can contact law enforcement about services without the threat of arrest.

Law enforcement agencies in Dauphin and Northumberland counties will open police stations to those suffering from addiction, identify treatment for those who seek it, ensure people have transportation to treatment facilities, and maintain relationships with local treatment providers.

“As we continue to battle COVID-19, we can not forget the other public health emergency happening in our Commonwealth — the opioid epidemic,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “My office has not let our focus deter from this drug crisis that is killing 12 Pennsylvanians every day. Connecting individuals to the treatment they need will save lives and make our communities safer. We commend Dauphin and Northumberland counties’ district attorneys for adopting this county-wide policy in partnership with my office. It is important that the implementation of this program has the support of treatment programs in Dauphin County and Northumberland County.”

LETI is a collaboration between law enforcement and the state. Janene Holter, from the Office of Attorney General, coordinates the program.