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Court sets up drug-treatment program

Newton District Court recently launched a drug court as part of an effort to expand access to addiction treatment in the state.

The program, the 19th in the state’s court system, is essentially one of enhanced probation. Offenders have to agree to undergo intensive therapy and random drug testing, and to have a weekly hearing before a judge to evaluate progress, with most requirements tapering off over time if the requirements are being met.

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