Cumberland County launched its opioid intervention court on March 28. Judge Jessica Brewbaker is overseeing the effort.
The program is designed to help people soon after their opioid-related arrest. Brewbaker says the district attorney’s office determines who will qualify to take part, based on the severity of the crime.
The men and women commit to an intensive program that includes a treatment and recovery plan, random drug testing, a nightly curfew, and daily court appearances.
“Every Monday through Friday, they come to the court at 8 a.m. and they report to our drug testing office,” Brewbaker said. “They take a drug test and if they test positive for an opioid, they are going back to jail.”
Brewbaker says participants face other sanctions if they test positive for other drugs like marijuana.
She says she meets with everyone in the program on a daily basis to see how they are progressing.