NEGAUNEE TWP. — A program that started out in Massachusetts two years ago that’s designed to help people in their battle with drugs has made its way to the Upper Peninsula.
Starting next week, that program will start its own chapter in Marquette County. The Angel Program is designed to assist people who want help in overcoming their addiction to heroin and other prescription opioids.
The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to begin the county-wide program March 31st. The Angel Program allows people to walk into either department and ask for assistance in overcoming their drug habit.
“We want to help individuals instead of arresting them. If they want help, it’s a voluntary program,” said MSP Trooper Stacy Rasanen. “They will be placed with an angel. That angel will have experience with recovery and how to get them back on the right track.”
Trooper Rasanen would like to have fifteen angels to help those looking for help. Right now, she’s at about half that number.
“It does take a very special individual to do it,” said Rasanen. “You have to be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and be willing to transport an individual to treatment. You have to be someone who’s non-judgmental, can listen and be patient.”
If you’re interested in becoming an angel or getting help, see the contact information below.
Michigan State Police Negaunee Post: (906) 475-9922
Marquette County Sheriff’s Office: (906) 225-8435