Oswego launches drugs in exchange for treatment program

OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Oswego’s mayor announced on Wednesday that the city has launched a new program offering addicts help, if they’re willing to hand over their drugs.

Under the Rapid Evaluation for Appropriate Placement Program (REAP), addicts can enter the Oswego Police Department building for screening without facing any criminal charges if they’re willing to turn over their drugs.

"It just gives the people who are trying to treat their addiction, it gives them the avenue and the ability to do that," said Barlow.

The REAP program also allows parents or guardians to request a police officer to a specific location to help intervene with a child under the age of 18 who is suspected of drug use.

Mayor’s Billy Barlow’s office says the city launched the program through an agreement with the Oswego County District Attorney’s office.

The police department is coordinating with the Farnham Family Services treatment organization.

"Depending on the level of care that they need, we're going to connect them and make sure that they're getting the level of care that they're looking for and that's what's right for their specific situation," said Eric Bresee, Executive Director, Farnham Family Services.

The program begins Thursday.

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