Baltimore to Send Low-Level Drug Offenders to Treatment

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Long burdened by one of the nation's worst heroin problems, Baltimore is joining a small but growing number of cities where police can divert low-level drug offenders to treatment, rather than take them to jail. The move toward a diversion program—before an offender is charged—signals a shift away from a punishment-centered response to illegal drug use, amid a growing view that the opioid crisis requires a public-health approach, the Wall Street Journal

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