First “Opioid Court” Created in New York
The misuse of opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and other prescription medications is a serious national problem. The first ever “opiate court” has been created in an upstate New York city.
The program, which is funded by a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice, is specially designed to help those who have been arrested and are addicted to opioids. It is designed to help addicted defendants who have been arrested for nonviolent crimes get into treatment. Those who go through treatment may get a break on their criminal cases in return.
Every month, it is reported that court cases in Buffalo have been closed due to deaths. Defendants who are addicted will often continue to use drugs, risking overdose and death.The widespread use of opioids has had the devastating impact on many communities across the country.