Opioid Court Actually A Great Idea?

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Published on 9 Jul 2017, 16:54
Buffalo is experimenting with the nation's first opioid crisis intervention court. The court can get users into treatment within hours of their arrest instead of days. It also requires them to check in with a judge every day for a month instead of once a week, and it puts them on strict curfews. Administering justice takes a back seat to the overarching goal. That goal is simply to keep defendants alive.
Court project director Jeffrey Smith, said "The idea behind it is only about how many people are still breathing each day when we're finished."
The program began May 1 with the intent of treating 200 people in a year and providing a model that other heroin-wracked cities can replicate. It is funded with a three-year $300,000 U.S. Justice Department grant.
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