QUINCY (WGEM) -- Prison or rehabilitation? That's a question many participants in the Adams County Drug Court face, and today was the their largest graduating class ever.
Nine people were honored in a special ceremony Thursday afternoon.
The program allows those facing drug charges the chance to avoid a lengthy stay in prison if they complete an intensive probation period, with requirements like daily counseling and drug tests three times a week.
One of today's graduates says he was a heroin addict who'd been arrested three times in six months, and credits drug court with giving him a new lease on life.
"I definitely would be in prison. Or dead. No doubt about it," said Adam Blackburn. "I've woken up in ICU and in ambulances, and get released from the hospital, and go right back to it the same day. Everything I did on a daily basis revolved around the use of heroin. How I was going to get it, who I was going to lie to, who I was going to steal from."
Blackburn does remain on probation for the next eight months, but says his life is definitely on the right track.
Adams County Drug Court has had 62 graduates since the program began in 2006.
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