More and more courts are turning to drugs to combat drugs

June 23, 2014 7:45 AM

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More and more courts are turning to drugs to combat drugs

In an attempt to fight back against an uptick in heroin overdoses, some judges across the United States are turning to a drug called Vivitrol, an opiate-blocker that could, as one judge said, keep users from "winding up in a body bag."

Deaths caused by heroin overdoses rose 45 percent between 2006 to 2010, The Associated Press reports, and in Ohio, 680 people died from overdoses in 2012, up 60 percent from 2011. Judge Robert Peeler in Lebanon, Ohio, discovered Vivitrol when trying to find a way to help the heroin users who came to...

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