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Dear Editor:

Drug Free Delta County would like to invite the community to share in our celebration of National Drug Court Month with a Delta County Adult Treatment Court graduation on Thursday, May 12, at 4 p.m. in Judge Sandra Miller's courtroom in the courthouse. We hope you'll enjoy seeing adult treatment court in action and stay after to share in refreshments to support our new graduate and other drug court clients, their families, our treatment court team and volunteers.

This year, National Drug Court Month comes amid unprecedented interest in criminal justice reform as policymakers at the state and federal level are seeking solutions that reduce substance abuse, crime, and incarceration while saving lives and resources. No solution has been proven more effective than drug courts and other treatment courts. Therefore, this year's theme is "Criminal Justice Reform in Action."

Delta County's Drug Courts represent a proven budget solution for our area. Through the efforts of Judge Sandra Miller, Judge Steven Schultz, tireless staff and board, and countless volunteers, our Drug Courts are truly making a difference, from reducing drug use and recidivism, to reuniting families and making our community safer. These courts are saving lives, saving families and saving tax payers' dollars. Drug Courts save up to $13,000 for every individual they serve and return as much as $27 for every $1 invested.

Drug Court graduations are a true celebration of recovery. To quote a recent graduate, "Delta's Drug Court gave me back my life. Even before I was using I was lost. Through Drug Free Delta County's program, I have found my purpose. My relationships with friends and family have been renewed."

We would love to have each and every one of you in Delta County share in our celebration! Refreshments will be served.

Hope to see you there!

Pam Bliss
Drug Free
Delta County

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