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June 19, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Nienow

4th Circuit Drug Court without funds until next fiscal year

Most programs funded through the state of Missouri are being forced to deal with budget cuts. The 4th Judicial Circuit in northwest Missouri's Drug Court is one of those programs.

Presiding Judge Roger Prokes says the drug court is seeing an approximate $10,000 dollar reduction in this year's budget. Prokes says the drug court is a cost-effective way to help area residents dealing with severe drug addiction problems.

Prokes says while in the program individuals must be employed, live in the community, and take care of their family -- all while getting control of their addiction. Prokes says around half of those enrolled in durg court successfully complete the program.

Prokes says funding is available for the 18 residents currently in the program, but no money is available for new participants until next year's budget.