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Sheriff criticizes drug rehab program

Title: Sheriff criticizes drug rehab program
Date: Thursday, 4 December 2008
Publisher: KOB (New Mexico)
Authors: Chris Ornelas, Joshua Panas
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A controversial drug rehab program on Albuquerque's West Side may be on the verge of losing its state funding.

Second Chance has been ridiculed for its expensive carrot juice and sauna approach to cleaning up addicts and now, some people are questioning whether it's a good use of taxpayer dollars.

"Lets put that money, especially right now, when were on real hard economic times, lets put that money where we know it has a proven successful track record," said Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White.

White says Drug Court has best track record for getting addicts off drugs. He says that he has a problem with a an unproven program shrouded in secrecy with potential ties to scientology getting tax dollars.

"I've been in Santa Fe fighting for money for drug courts and not been as successful as we should be and here they come into town one day and the next thing you know they are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars," White said.

Second Chance received about $600,000 in state money last year and some state lawmakers have already vowed to fight for more money for the program.