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Courts fight heroin scourge with drug injections
Peeler doesn't order shots for anyone who doesn't want them. In his courtroom the same day as Fugate, a male drug defendant declined, saying he believed the shots were dangerous — there are potential risks including liver damage and suicidal depression — and he didn't want to go through the therapy and probation requirements of the sentencing deal that potentially allows drug defendants to avoid a conviction on their record.
But Sherry Moore believes the shots saved her.
Not long after completing a nine-month sentence for heroin possession, she began using again. She told her probation officer she didn't know what to do, that she had already been through treatments.
"I'm like, 'I'm a mess,'" she recounted. "None of it worked for me."
The officer asked if she wanted to try Vivitrol. After a year of monthly injections, she said she's been drug-free since late 2012.
She and other Vivitrol advocates emphasize that counseling and a strong will to overcome addiction are needed, too. Moore, 53, also credits her return to church.
"I think God helped me with it," she said. "I think I would have died."
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