City officials in Portland, Maine, have unveiled a program aimed at tackling the city's opioid epidemic.
The Law Enforcement Addiction Advocacy Program (LEAAP), will educate people about drug use, raise community awareness and help current addicts, according to necn affiliate WCSH.
The Portland Police Department is creating a new position which will act as a drug liaison between drug addicts and their families.
Police will be paying for LEAAP with money that has been collected in drug busts.
The program was initiated following the events of July 31 in which officials responded to 14 overdose calls.