Ep. 161 – Reform in Drug Court: Jeff Smith, thought leader and change agent from Buffalo

In the first of a two-part conversation, Greg interviews Jeff Smith, a leader who has affected significant change in the process by which cases belonging to those addicted to opioids are handled. Driven by the understanding that opioid addiction has dramatically different outcomes compared to any other drug use, with rapidly lethal results foremost among them, Smith describes how he has established a better approach. It involves shortening the legal process and engaging with users immediately upon arrest. By connecting them with providers and treatment options tailored for their needs, their lives can be put in turnaround.

Hear Greg track the steps involved with this new approach and share in his discovery of how it has served more than 200 people in the nine months since it began. Discover the difference Smith’s new thinking is making and how it is successfully meeting the educational, vocational and counseling needs of this at-risk population.

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The New York Times : This Judge Has a Mission: Keep Defendants Alive

NBC News: First Opioid Court in the U.S. Focuses on Keeping Users Alive

The Guardian: ‘He’s trying to save lives’: the ex-addict Judge on the Frontline of the Opiate Crisis

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2019-01-11T10:18:38+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Podcasts|0 Comments

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