The Associated Press newswire reports:
After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo's ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis.
Now the city is experimenting with the nation's first opioid crisis intervention court, which can get users into treatment within hours of their arrest instead of days, requires them to check in with a judge every day for a month instead of once a week, and puts them on strict curfews. Administering justice takes a back seat to the overarching goal of simply keeping defendants alive.
[...] Buffalo-area health officials blamed 300 deaths on opioid overdoses in 2016, up from 127 two years earlier. That includes a young couple who did not make it to their second drug court appearance last spring. The woman's father arrived instead to tell the judge his daughter and her boyfriend had died the night before.
[...] "This 30-day thing is like being beat up and being asked to get in the ring again, and you're required to," 36-year-old Ron Woods said after one of his daily face-to-face meetings with City Court Judge Craig Hannah, who presides over the program.
Woods said his heroin use started with an addiction to painkillers prescribed after cancer treatments that began when he was 21. He was arrested on drug charges in mid-May and agreed to intervention with the dual hope of kicking the opioids that have killed two dozen friends and seeing the felony charges against him reduced or dismissed.
[...] "I don't want to die in the streets, especially with the fentanyl out there," Sammy Delgado, one of the handcuffed defendants, said.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 10 2017, @05:23PM (1 child)
I thought that mass misprescription of 'safe' opiodes by the medical profession was stopped by government, increasing the demand/price of the 'safe' pill on the black market at about the same time a cheap and steady supply of heroine suddenly became available (mexico/afganistan)
There is a case for training from an early age the nature of addiction and the skills of breaking that addiction, be it video games, food, porn, sex, drugs, general consumption of goods. Just coz you like it doesn't mean you should do it or continue doing it or do it more and more.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 10 2017, @11:03PM
In fact, if you like it, that's all the more reason not to do it. We should persecute people who do things they like. No, there should be a law! So we can prosecute them! Then persecute them.
I'm such of an edgy Puritan, I think we should make hard work illegal for people who like hard work!