New York Courts Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

The New York State Unified Court System (UCS) has long played and continues to play a central role in the battle against drug addiction. From the opening of the state’s first drug court in Rochester in 1995 to the launching of the first-in-the-nation Opioid Intervention Court (OIC) in Buffalo in October 2016, the state’s judiciary has been committed to assisting New Yorkers to overcome drug addiction. A commitment that continues today under Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks.

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