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Williston attorney pushes inpatient drug treatment

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- A Williston attorney is pushing for an inpatient drug treatment program in the western North Dakota oil patch hub.

Drug crimes have been on the rise in Williston, and attorney Jeff Nehring says jailing drug offenders doesn't address the root of the problem.

The Northwest Human Service Center in Williston has an outpatient drug treatment program, but patients leave every day and go back to their homes. Nehring says an inpatient facility could monitor drug offenders around the clock.

Mercy Medical Center says it has no plans to open a drug treatment facility. But Judge Robin Schmidt says she hopes to start a drug court program, which gives offenders incentives to rehabilitate themselves so they can stay out of jail.