Greenwood court starts program for heroin-addicted offenders

A city south of Indianapolis is offering a drug treatment program for heroin-addicted offenders that features an Indiana-made device to ease the pain of withdrawal.

The Indianapolis Star reports the program at Greenwood City Court began Monday. It offers those on probation who are addicted to heroin the opportunity to choose recovery over jail.

Those who choose recovery participate in a three-step program that begins with using the Neuro-Stim System Bridge, a tiny device that blocks detox pain.

Judge Lewis Gregory of the Greenwood City Court says the device will allow people addicted to heroin to go through the pain of withdrawal in five days and then enter rehabilitation with counseling and medication-assisted treatment.

Republican state Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says other courts are likely to embrace the Bridge if the Greenwood pilot program is successful.

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