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Drug Treatment Court gets funding

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The local drug treatment court is the recipient of nearly $700,000 in grant money.
Those dollars will be spent to expand a program that aims to get addicts into recovery, and out of the legal system for good.
Judge William Pelella presides over the drug treatment court which is designed to help non-violent offenders, who are addicted to opioids, like heroin.
As the heroin epidemic spiraled out of control, and more users landed in the court system, the program desperately needed more funding.
The money will go toward creating a program for those who are both addicted to opioids and have suffered from trauma. Officials say 85 percent of those in drug court are addicted to opioids, and 91 percent of all addicts they encounter have suffered from trauma.
It will also go toward adding more staff and treatment resources, and most importantly -- allow more participants into the program.
Pelella says helping more addicts end the cycle of addiction will pay off for the entire community.
"The purpose of drug court is to break that vicious cycle of addiction, and make a change and so, we take this person who is just in and out of jail, in and out of police stations, and turn them into productive citizens.
and, i think if we can do that, everybody wins," Judge William Pelella said.
There are three phases of drug court and it takes at least one year to complete. It takes at least one year for participants to complete those phases, and become eligible to graduate from the program.