Despite being a small community of just 15,000 people, officials with Marquette County said opioid abuse is a serious problem there.
Alice Schlotte, a case manager with Marquette County’s Treatment Court program, said the county is located near several major highways. She said she thinks that plays a role in the availability of drugs there.
The treatment court, founded in 2008, can serve 12 to 15 people at a time.
Schlotte said it’s designed as an alternative to incarceration for people with drug or alcohol-related legal offenses.
Schlotte said the court puts offenses through a rigorous, 18 to 24 month program in which they’re undergoing drug testing, searching for employment and working to stay sober.