The Madison County Drug Court has graduated another 15 people.  The Monday afternoon ceremony in Edwardsville at the county's Criminal Justice Center marked the end of one journey and the beginning of the next for this round of graduates.  The court was set up nearly two decades ago to help addicts kick their habits and stay out of trouble with the law.

Nancy Cooper is the Alternative Courts Coordinator.  She says it is a long journey, and not everyone who is accepted into the program graduates.

Cooper comments

She says the drug court is a reflection of what the rest of the court sysytem is dealing with, and in many cases that is heroin addiction.  The Madison County Drug Court was the first such court in the state and has been in existence for over 17 years.

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