Buffalo Pioneers Opioid Crisis-Intervention Court

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After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo's drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis. The city is experimenting with the nation's first opioid crisis intervention court. It can get users into treatment within hours of arrest instead of days, requires them to check in with a judge every day for a month instead of once a week, and puts them on strict curfews,

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