Earlier this week, Gloucester Chief Leonard Campanello was featured in Boston Magazine’s article highlighting four innovative ideas for fixing the nation’s opioid crisis. The story is part of the magazine’s list of 2016 Game Changers.
First on the list, Chief Campanello was praised for his innovative Gloucester ANGEL Initiative that invites opioid addicts into the police station to obtain help overcoming their addiction.
Today, what started out as an idea has grown into so much more. Local businesses have partnered with Chief Campanello to help those suffering from the disease of addiction, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative formed to help other police departments implement addiction recovery programs, and last month Chief Campanello was invited to the White House, where he was named a Champion of Change.