Massachusetts adds drug courts amid opiate crisis

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QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts is adding five new drug courts as the state grapples with an increase in heroin overdoses and opioid addiction.

With the new additions, the state will have 26 drug courts in all. The courts require defendants with substance abuse problems to be closely supervised and to participate in random drug testing, support groups and treatment programs.

The new courts are part of a goal to double the number of specialty courts in the state over the next three years. The state also has mental health and veterans treatment courts.

In Quincy District Court, 44 of the drug court's current 55 participants reported that they had abused opioids, including heroin, Percocet and oxycodone.

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