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Clinton Township judge, drug court official to speak at national conference

Drug court officials at a local district court have been invited to give a presentation this week at the annual conference of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Drug court officials at a local district court have been invited to give a presentation this week at the annual conference of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Judge Linda Davis of 41B District Court in Clinton Township, Specialty Court Coordinator Kara Jacquemain and four others, including a recovering drug addict and his mother, will attend the conference Wednesday through Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.

"This is a huge honor for us," Jacquemain said. "I don't know of any other court in the area who has ever been given this opportunity."

Davis and Jacquemain on Thursday will give a presentation about general and individualized drug-addiction treatment, particularly the use of Vivitrol, a non-narcotic medicine that eliminates cravings for opioids – prescription painkillers or heroin -- and alcohol. The Clinton Township court was one of the first drug courts in Michigan to offer a Vivitrol program.
More than 100 people who have faced misdemeanor criminal charges in 41B have graduated from Drug/Sobriety Court, which started five years ago. The success rate is about 90 percent for alcohol and about 65 percent for drugs, Jacquemain said.

The Vivitrol program is voluntary for participants, but officials noted the success rate of those taking Vivitrol is higher than those who do not. The program includes other treatment such as counseling.

Options also include jailing the addict for seven days to withdraw from the opioid, typically heroin.

The expense of traveling to California for the conference will come from the federal grant that funds the Drug/Sobriety Court, Jacquemain said. The conference provides mandatory training for drug court staffers so the court can remain certified and grant eligible.

Full article here:http://www.macombdaily.com/article/MD/20160528/NEWS/160529663

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