The Belmont County Drug Court received a $250,000 grant to help people in the Ohio Valley.
Two common pleas judges made the announcement Wednesday in the courtroom, speaking of the heroin epidemic and the desperate need for intervention.
Drug court takes a tremendous amount of time, dedication and hard work. Those who graduate, do so with pride.
This $250,000 grant for fiscal year 2016 and 2017, provides treatment for the participants.
“Group counseling, testing, daily checks to see if that individual needs to be tested or called in for a test, so it’s constant monitoring,” said Judge Frank Fregiato.
“Well the more often you test somebody, the more often you’re able to verify compliance with the program,” said Chief Probation Officer, Ed Gorence.
“Treatment is the key to try and deal with the problem because it’s been shown that just throwing them in prison for whatever term we can, is simply not effective,” Belmont County Common Pleas Court, Judge John Vavra.
They said treatment is a viable alternative, rather than over-crowding the prisons, which does not solve the problem.
They noted that Belmont County has a very active and successful Drug Court program, and this will provide additional help.
Officials believe it will reduce repeat offenses, and save lives.