Cleveland’s Heroin Epidemic

Cleveland is facing a heroin epidemic with more than 900 overdoses from the drug in the past year.  This is putting pressure on the healthcare system and the judicial system as drug courts, an alternative to incarceration for narcotics, are becoming overly utilized. There are about 190 people in the drug court system and each 90 days of treatment costs $5,000. Drug courts around the country are often funded at the federal and state level.