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    GALLERY: Gloucester ‘Angels’ program battles drug addiction - Maine Sunday Telegram photo by Gabe Souza | of | Share this photo

    Downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, is seen from the west side of the city on Sept. 3. The region has been grappling with a high rate of heroin addiction and a new pilot program is aimed at getting addicts into treatment and not behind bars.

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    Chief Leonard Campanello of the Gloucester Police Department poses for a portrait on Sept. 3. Campanella put in place a pilot program that is helping keep heroin addicts out of jail and getting them into treatment.

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    Lt. David Quinn of the Gloucester Police Department is in charge of the Angel Program, which gives drug users, namely heroin addicts, amnesty for crimes if they turn in their drugs at the police station and agree to go into treatment. Quinn is photographed in an interview room at the department on Sept. 3.

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    The city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, is seen from the State Fish Pier on Sept. 3. The region has been grappling with a high rate of heroin addiction and a new pilot program is aimed at getting addicts into treatment and not behind bars.

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    John Rosenthal, co-founder of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative based in Newton, Massachusetts, is a key player in the pilot program in Gloucester that is helping keep addicts out of jail and in treatment. Here, he poses for a portrait on the steps of the Gloucester Police Department on Sept. 3.

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    Marty Ginivan, an “angel” volunteering with the police department in Gloucester, Massachusetts, helps move drug addicts into recovery as part of its Angel Program. The program gives addicts the chance to turn in all the drugs they have on themselves in exchange for amnesty for any crimes as long as they agree to go into treatment.

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