LEAD program leads to a sharp decrease in heroin-related overdoses

New Mexico

Police in Santa Fe say they have seen a 20 percent decrease in heroin-related overdoses thanks to a certain program.

Officials say since “Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion” rolled out in April 2014, it has helped dozens of people get out of a life of crime. 

Instead of going through the normal criminal justice system, people in LEAD are referred to a trauma-informed intensive case-management program.

There they receive a wide range of support services.

Now, early data suggests a 20 percent decrease in recidivism. 

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