Not Jail! An ex Municipal and County judge told a Fox News reporter when talking about what heroin addicts face during their disease of battling addiction. He said it is one of the biggest problems in the America today and the out of control heroin epidemic is worsening. Ainsley Earhardt, of Fox News on June 27th 2016 on the 6:00 am EST program show “Fox and Friends” reported at least 23 people per week die from heroin in Ohio (Ohio State Bar Association).
Now one judge is giving drug offenders a second chance fueling the question, should addicts be treated like patients or criminals?
On camera with Ainsley was attorney Scott Vanderkarr a municipal county judge. He told Ainsley that 10 years ago a Supreme Court judge asked Scott to start a mental health court. A county prosecutor asked him to start a drug court so he did. He saw the impact. They were changing lives, everyday. 2,482 people died of overdose in 2014 in Ohio. “We said 1 out of 5 Ohio residents know struggling with heroin (an addict).
Vanderkarr said he dates a woman who has an 18 year old who died of an accidental overdose 11 months ago. He’s doing drug court now and mentioned that people think you are being soft on someone, but he said it’s not like that. They take a plea to an offense. You make them come and see the judge every single week. You make them do 90 meetings in 90 days. You make them go to intensive out-patient treatment. You make them test for drugs 3-5 times a week. If they don’t follow the program, you do have a consequence of even locking them up (in jail presumely).
Judge Vanderkarr stated many times at graduation said one student said “Judge it was the second time that you locked me up that I finally got it.”
He goes on to say that the program is a two year program and that it has to be long enough to get the person to be held accountable. To get them to break that cycle of addiction.
Addicted in America airs on Fox News in what appears to be a continuing series of news coverage in the topic of addiction. Watch the heroin segment broadcast on Fox News.