Collier County receives grant for drug court

By Staff Writer

Many communities are interested in establishing drug rehab programs to reduce the number of crimes related to illicit substances. However, a lack of funding can disrupt plans to institute drug courts and help addicts detoxify.

Recently, a federal grant was awarded to Collier County drug court in Florida to keep the rehab program afloat, according to Naples News. The Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance provided approximately $197,614 in funds to the drug court to expand upon current resources available to participants and enhance operations.

Specifically, money will go toward increasing drug testing and creating a new compliance reward system. Case managers will also be given more time to evaluate participants and their mental stability, which can contribute to addiction.

Individuals who choose to participate in the program may be able to avoid jail time by completing the drug court and detoxifying over time. Addicts engage in a 12-step meetings as a part of the program and are subject to regular probationary and judicial reviews.

Drug addiction costs the U.S. approximately $484 billion every year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Drug rehab programs can provide individuals with the opportunity to get clean an turn their live around.