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Posted September 26. 2017 2:00PM

NH police department treats addicts like patients and lets criminals grade their conduct

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Laconia Police Officer Eric Adams gives a presentation at the New Hampshire Alcohol & Other Drug Service Providers Association's conference in Concord in this 2015 file photo. Laconia has been one of New Hampshire's hardest hit cities in the opioid crisis. (Shawne K. Wickham/Union Leader)

The Laconia, New Hampshire, police department is a shining example of a new style of policing being used to combat the opioid epidemic. Recently-retired Laconia police chief Chris Adams says, “You just can't go out there, blanket arrest everybody and think that the issue of substance misuse is going to get better.”