Drug Treatment Workers Honored

The people who are making Chatham County's drug court such a success got a much-deserved pat on the back. Today Judge James Bass praised the law enforcement officers and drug treatment workers for helping dozens of drug users kick their habits.

Since the drug court started in 2001, it has helped 52 men and women get clean, get jobs and get back to raising their families.

"It has changed lives," said Judge Bass. "We see the cycle of arrest, incarceration and release then going back to jail because they are drug addicted and we have to do something to change this behavior. And this course is a small piece of the answer to get these people back to a useful life."

Drug court treatment costs taxpayers about $40 less a day than putting drug users behind bars.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com