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Families bear the costs of alternative sentencing programs

by Kimberly Adams Apr 12, 2019
Does alternative sentencing create a system of easily exploited free labor?
Judge John Kilgore presides over drug court at the Wise County Courthouse in Virginia.
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The Uncertain Hour

As jail costs pile up, one county is taking a new approach to community service

by Caitlin Esch Apr 11, 2019
The opioid epidemic is filling jails. Wise County, Virginia, is looking for alternatives.
Mitzi Bowen, 44, of Wise, Virginia, cleans up after a resident moved out of the Commonwealth Apartments on Dec. 7, 2018. Bowen said she became addicted to opioids after her dentist prescribed Lortabs for tooth pain. "One day I woke up and I couldn't feel good without the pills," she said.
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The Danish hotel helping recovering addicts get back on their feet

by John Laurenson Mar 14, 2019
Hotellet, in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, is a hotel that trains and employs recovering drug addicts, helping its staff work and reconnect with the wider community. At $74 a night, which includes a Scandinavian breakfast, the rooms are inexpensive…
Joachim, 19, who works in the 'Hotellet,' sits in a room of the hotel in Copenhagen, 09 January 2007.
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Opioid overdoses overwhelm the nation's morgues

by Adam Allington May 11, 2017
Drug-related deaths highlight a critical need for more trained pathologists.
As of 2015, overdose became the number one cause of injury-related death, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control.
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The Big Book

Susan Burton's fight to stop a cycle of 'institutional abuse'

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst May 9, 2017
After doing several stints herself, helping women transition out of prison is personal.
“Life has took me on a journey, and through much of that journey, I didn't feel whole, connected and grounded,” said Susan Burton.
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Opioid epidemic inspires startup to help mothers with drug addiction

by Blake Farmer Jan 9, 2017
Babies born addicted to opioids require expensive hospital stays. One Tennessee company is trying to cut those costs.
The "recovery services" sign at an addiction center in East Tennessee. 
Blake Farmer

Farming program aims to help addicts and their families

by Marketplace Contributor Nov 24, 2016
The program in southern Oregon uses volunteer work and clean eating to get parents clean.
A walk to the barn at Hanley Historic Farm.
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Report says state laws do little to curb opioid abuse

by Dan Gorenstein Jun 24, 2016
One of those measures includes making it hard for patients to get prescriptions from multiple doctors.
Alice D'Arpino (2nd L) of Mansfield, Massachusetts, holds a picture of her brother Emmett Scannell, who was killed by heroin overdose, as her mother Aimee D'Arpino (L) speaks during a news conference on the opioid epidemic May 19, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. 
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Raising money for rehab as the heroin crisis spreads

by Marketplace Contributor May 4, 2016
With insurance uncertain and rehab costly, families are turning to fundraising.
Melissa Hume cuts a client's hair during her Hair for Healing event.
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