Drug/Recovery Courts Growing In Number As Opioid Epidemic Deepens

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Law enforcement has changed tactics to meet the need of the current opioid epidemic by focusing on getting those using drugs into treatment rather than jail.  So too, courts have adapted to help those battling issues of substance abuse.  The National Association of Drug Court Professionals says there are more than 3,000 of these treatment-focused courts operating in the United States.  An estimated 144,000 people are enrolled  nationwide. The courts are known as drug courts or recovery courts or treatment courts.  While the name varies, the object is the same: help users regain sobriety.    


Hon. Lauren C. Moore, Greater Cleveland Drug Court; Cleveland Municipal Court  
Judge Joy Malek Oldfield, Presiding Judge, Turning Point, Summit County Common Pleas Court  


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