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    Chief Leonard Campanello of the Gloucester Police Department, is a former narcotics officer who instituted a pilot program designed to keep heroin addicts out of jail and get them into treatment.

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    Downtown Gloucester is seen from the west side of the city. Gloucester is about 100 miles south of Portland on Massachusetts’ North Shore.

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    A man smokes a cigarette while sharing a drink with a friend on a bench on Manuel F. Lewis Street in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, where a pilot program put in place by the police department is helping keep heroin addicts out of jail and get them into treatment.

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    Marty Ginivan, a volunteer 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 in exchange for amnesty for any crimes as long as they agree to go into treatment.

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    The city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, is seen from the State Fish Pier. It has a population of about 30,000 people.

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    Motorists stop to have a conversation on Railroad Avenue in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Like many other communities across New England, it has been gripped by drugs, particularly heroin and synthetic opiates, during the last decade.

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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.

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    A woman and child cross a street in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. The drug toll in Gloucester was not staggeringly high – one overdose death in the city in 2012, 5 in 2013 and 4 in 2014 – but the police chief decided to act.

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    Lt. David Quinn of the Gloucester Police Department is in charge of the Angel Program, which gives heroin addicts amnesty for crimes if they turn in their drugs at the police station and agree to go into treatment.

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    A vintage Volkswagen Beetle climbs a small street in Gloucester, Massachusetts, whose approach to dealing with drug addiction has sparked a national conversation about how communities should handle the problem.

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    A passenger waits for the commuter rail in Gloucester.

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    A man works on lobster traps at a dock in East Gloucester, Massachusetts, which, like Portland, is a fishing community.

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    A man takes a nap in the back seat of his vehicle after setting up three fishing lines of the side of the State Fish Pier in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Gloucester is rooted in fishing – trawlers still fill the harbor, fishermen still unload their catch on docks – but also has found recent success as a tourist destination.

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