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Buffalo's opiate court gets national attention on NPR

Buffalo's opioid court is the subject of another national story, this time on NPR.

"Federal, county and city court officials are looking hard at Buffalo, N.Y.'s new opioid crisis intervention court as one potential model solution to the epidemic of heroin and opioid overdoses that continue to devastate families and communities across America, taxing local governments, first responders and the nation's criminal justice system," reports Eric Westervelt.

The court is the first in the country to work exclusively with people addicted to opioid painkillers, heroin and other opiates and was started in response to the deadly epidemic.

There also have been stories about the court on "NBC Nightly News" and HBO's "Vice."

Judge Craig D. Hannah, who presides over the court, hopes publicity will inspire similar courts to be created.

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