Christian County introduces Safe Passage program for the new year
CHRISTIAN CO, Ill. (WICS) —
Starting in the new year, the Christian County Sheriff is taking a new approach in the fight against the opioid crisis.
The department will introduce Safe Passage, a program to allow addicts to come to the Sheriff's Department, Taylorville Police, or Pana Police at any time to get help instead of jail time.
“They can walk in bring their drugs in and say 'I’ve had it I’ve hit rock bottom I want help', so no matter if it's 2 o'clock in the afternoon or 2 o'clock in the morning we're going to get them help,” Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said.
Sheriff Kettelkamp adds they've been working with Dixon County to get the program off the ground since they have a successful program similar to it.