A Way Out
“A Way Out” is a new law enforcement assisted diversion program designed to fast-track users to substance abuse programs and services. This program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at participating police departments
across the county. The Lake Forest Police Department is one of the “A Way Out” locations. The program ensures that no criminal charges will be sought for those that may be in possession of narcotics or paraphernalia, as long as assistance is sought out by the prospective program participant. To put this a different way – if you or someone you know is dealing with substance use issues and is looking for a way out, please walk into the Lake Forest PD, or any of the other participating departments. You will be taken care of.
“A Way Out” was developed by the Lake County Opioid Initiative, of which LEAD is a prominent member, in order to create additional treatment access points, reduce crime, reduce substance-related harms, re-frame the role law enforcement plays in community safety, and to unite the community. For too long, substance use has been stigmatized and dealt with solely as a criminal issue, rather than addressing it is a public health problem. We believe this program is an innovative way to create positive change in our community regarding substance use and mental health. Participants do not need to be residents of Lake County to participate.
I am very proud of our staff’s participation in this program. The video that was produced in conjunction with the news pieces that ran on NBC5 and ABC7 News
were created in house by LEAD. It is paramount that we spread the word on this very real problem that affects us all. Together, we are seeking solutions in an effort to make Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and our entire county a better place for all our families.