'Opioid Intervention Court' task force meets in Torrington

<p>Connecticut's top law enforcement officials were in Torrington Tuesday to consider a bold approach to addressing the opioid epidemic.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 18, 2018, 8:33 PM

Updated 2,106 days ago

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Connecticut's top law enforcement officials were in Torrington Tuesday to consider a bold approach to addressing the opioid epidemic.
Courthouses like Torrington's have been hit especially hard by opioid cases. A task force, which met for the first time Tuesday, has been formed to work out the feasibility of creating a special court solely for opioid cases.
The state already has something called Pathways in Torrington and Bridgeport, which takes drug users and diverts them into a treatment program. Out of almost 1,000 participants so far, 78 percent have not returned to jail.
The task force aims to have some recommendations by the end of the year.
A big concern is cost, regardless of what the task force recommends. In the past two years, the court system's budget has been slashed by $66 million.
Connecticut would be the second state to implement opioid courts. New York is also experimenting with them.


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