The heroin epidemic is spreading like wildfire in the city and in the suburbs, and it’s putting a strain on jails.

On Thursday, lawmakers from around the state came to Cleveland to see a unique way Cuyahoga County deals with drug abuse.

Drug Court is very different from any other court in the Justice Center. An intensive program that uses a team effort toward recovery, not prison as punishment.

Judge David Matia presides over a docket with about 120 cases. 30 or so come in every week for updates.

It is not an adversarial court. Prosecutors, the judge, and a team of support people work with offenders.

Applause and handshakes are rare in most courts, not here. The state representatives saw many success stories, all working toward graduation. As well as stumbles.

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