How Arrest Can Lead to Addiction Recovery: Captain Michael Shearer, Akron Police Department
Greg interviews Captain Michael Shearer, Captain of the Akron Police Department Narcotics Division. Captain Shearer has spent 25 years on the police force, in various roles. He has been Captain of the Police Department since 2005. Akron has experienced a tragic spike in heroin overdoses this summer. In July, first responder calls went from 2 a day to 11 a day. Greg asks Captain Shearer how the department has dealt with this influx of overdoses and what the department is doing to make a difference.
Former addicts have said that getting arrested was the best thing that ever happened to them. Captain Shearer talks about how arrest can lead to recovery. “Arrest forces some people to get treatment. To get into a program. To get into drug court. To start them down a path of full-time recovery… They hit rock bottom and realize they need something else in their life and they need to make a change.”