Multi-County Minnesota Drug Court Receives Award For Success

Many counties institute drug courts to tackle illicit substance abuse in the local community. When a drug rehab program is successful at helping offenders detoxify, they may be recognized with an award.

Recently, the Fifth Judicial District in Minnesota was honored for its drug court program, which has helped individuals get clean in 15 counties, according to the Redwood Falls Gazette. The Association of Minnesota Counties presented the district with its annual achievement award at its conference in December.

Brenda Pautsch, manager of the Fifth Judicial District Court drug rehab program, told the news source that it was developed to help smaller communities that could not afford to operate their own drug courts. She added that it is the first district in the state to initiate a multi-county drug court, referring to it as a pilot program. Its recognized success may encourage other districts across the state to establish rehabilitation programs of their own.

The Fifth Judicial District Court drug rehab program takes up to 24 months for offenders to complete. Since it was established, only one participant has failed to finish detoxifying.

Drug addiction costs the U.S. approximately $484 billion every year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Drug rehab programs can help individuals get clean over time.

Drug addiction costs the U.S. approximately $484 billion every year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Drug rehab programs can help individuals get clean over time.