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Judge David Johnson, Duluth District Drug Court, shares a tender moment with a recent graduate. Contributed Photo

DRUG COURT aims to break the cycle of addiction and crime

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Sit through a morning of criminal court at the Carlton County Courthouse and it quickly becomes apparent that drug and alcohol charges — and burglaries, thefts and other crimes to pay for them — make up a significant portion of the court calendar. Now come back every week over a few years, and many of the names and faces will become familiar … because they keep reoffending, most of them to feed an ongoing addiction.

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