Drug Court in Brief

By RAELYNN RICARTE

News staff writer

June 3, 2006

Hood River County Drug Court was founded last August to blend substance abuse treatment with judicial oversight.

“The driving principal behind it is recognizing that the root of most criminal activity is drug or alcohol abuse. And one of the best ways to protect the community is to deal with the root of the problem,” said Judge Paul Crowley, who is joined at the decision-making table by law enforcement and social service officials.

See June 7 for further details on Drug Court.

The Trials of Addiction

RaeLynn Ricarte’s series on addicts and their path through Drug Court toward recovery will continue over the next two issues:

June 7 —

* About Drug Court;

* Regression and separation

June 10 —

* The realities of addiction

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