Looking to help more people, addiction recovery program expands

Giving people a path to recovery instead of being arrested is the idea behind the program Operation Helping Hand, which attorney general Gurbir Grewal started while he was prosecutor in Bergen County. It now operates in some form in all parts of the state.

On Tuesday, Union County expanded Helping Hand to operate year-round, instead of just one week. The program allows people struggling with addiction the opportunity to get help at the point of arrest.