According to one source that is intimately familiar with this issue--there are times when some offenders with significant drug problems are placed on these drug patches and as a condition of their continuing probation.
Recently, it was brought to my attention that funding for a number of these offenders was drying up-- and as a consequence some of these folks on probation might end up back in our jail at a much greater cost to the taxpayer per day than what the cost to keep them out of jail and on drug patches would be.
I have asked staff to look into funding options--because all the judges should have this option available--It saves the county money.
I know a request for funding has been made to the sheriff --from the LETF. Regardless of how that request is handled, I will be making a $5,000.00 purchase from my discretionary fund for the procurement and use of these patches locally--because, again, these patches save the county money! More importantly--these patches help offenders stay off drugs in many cases. Read the recent, firsthand testimonial to this below......