MPD finalizing new program to fight opioid crisis

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Madison Police Department received a $700K grant to put towards a new program to help fight the opioid crisis.

The program is set to debut in April 2017. It is targeted to help addicts take the first set by giving officers and fire fighters the choice to bring opioid users to treatment centers instead of jail.

MPD is hiring a coordinator through public health and finalizing the treatment centers that they will partner with.

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