District attorney: Treatment options for opiate addicts is lacking

This article first appeared in the Augusta Chronicle, June 6, 2018

The Augusta Judicial Circuit’s chief prosecutor told business leaders Wednesday an affordable, long-term rehabilitation facility for opiate addicts was at the top of her wish list.

District Attorney Natalie Paine said addiction to heroin and prescription opioids is “not something you treat overnight.”

“It’s not something that you go to rehab and in 30 days get rid of,” she said during the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Luncheon Series. “It’s a very long process.”

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