A conversation between a recovering addict, Seattle cop, and a case manager on their experience as some of the first participants in an innovative harm reduction program.
The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a harm reduction program started in Seattle. Instead of incarcerating low level, repeat drug offenders, LEAD is a pre-booking diversion program treating addiction as a public health issue by connecting addicts to treatment services.
Its success brought the attention of the Obama White House who invited LEAD organizers to share the program with police chiefs, prosecutors, social workers and policy makers from across the country.
This film was screened during the White House convening and continues to be used nationally as a primer on the LEAD program.
Learn more at leadkingcounty.org