Everyone in Judge Craig Hannahâ€™s opiate-specific court is offered a deal: complete addiction treatment and the charges against them may be reduced
â€śYou have to want to get help, and you have to want to help yourself,â€ť counsels Judge Craig Hannah from his bench in Buffalo city court 11. â€śYou canâ€™t just keep running away from the treatment bus.â€ť
Hannah, a pioneering jurist who oversees the nationâ€™s first Opiate Crisis Intervention Court in northern New York, is speaking to a man who has flunked out of rehab a second time. A bed in a third facility may not be so easy to find. The addict â€“ a â€śparticipantâ€ť in the parlance of the court â€“ looks doubtful, and Hannah continues his pitch: â€śIf you get on the bus, Iâ€™m going to take off my robe and come down there and shake you by the hand.