Good article on dealing with substance abuse.
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The article, ANOTHER VIEW: Dealing With Substance Abuse, by Suzie Price states,
“Over the past 18 years, my career as a prosecutor has exposed me to many people who have substance abuse problems. My interactions with these individuals has been from the standpoint of a prosecutor, which generally means a focus on accountability and consequences.
As a Councilwoman, I have had to look at the issue of substance abuse from a different standpoint. This is because the increase in the number of people living on the streets, as a result of substance abuse and addiction, is a significant public policy issue.
It used to be that people charged with drug possession faced felony charges and the option to participate in a diversion or collaborative court program in exchange for dismissal of the felony charge was a meaningful incentive. This program was successful because it was (1) court incentivized, (2) involved collaboration from multiple public agencies, and (3) involved a broad support network for the participant.
As you can imagine, this change in the law has limited many tools that the courts and probation departments have traditionally used to combat drug abuse”
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