New Adult Drug Court Opens in Putnam County

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There is a new program in Putnam County designed to fight the drug problem.

The Adult Drug Court had an opening ceremony Monday afternoon.

The program has three phases. It gets addicts to understand the importance of sobriety, gets them back into society, and slowly decreases the need for therapy. Each phase lasts about four months.

WSAZ spoke with a graduate from Kanawha County's Drug Court Monday. Tracy Jividen-Haynes said, "They just didn't give up on me. I would mess up and they would, we can work this out. We can figure this out. And they would show me. They took me by the hand and showed me the normal way to to live. And I'm living proof that it works. Drug court is amazing."

The program saves Putnam County $17,000 per year, per inmate.

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