Every city or town should have an Andrea Duffy . Duffy started DARA (Drug Addiction Resource Alliance) in 2016 as a way to bring defendants struggling with addiction directly “from the bench to treatment,” She doesn't just talk about making a difference. She is the difference.
From the streets of Philly to the manicured sidewalks of suburbia, Andrea Duffy's experience as a district attorney and judge, as well as a defense attorney and victim’s advocate, imbued her with the knowledge that there is no singular path to addiction, nor is there a one-size-fits-all method for recovery. Duffy began to grasp the extent of the opioid epidemic’s foothold in Pennsylvania after defendants with substance abuse disorder, summoned by mail, regularly failed to show up in court. A bit of detective work confirmed the grim reality she had already suspected – lacking prospects and supervision, they often relapsed between hearings, in some cases overdosing within days of their release.
Duffy’s goal is to ensure that every person in her courtroom struggling with addiction, regardless of circumstance, has access to resources that may be the difference between a fatal overdose and a healthy, productive life.
According to Duffy, what is the most important thing for teens to understand about substance abuse?
“You never know what you’re buying, and you never know what you’re ingesting. To me, that’s the scariest part,” she stated. Common street drugs (such as marijuana) may be laced with fentanyl and can change the brain’s chemistry after just one use, creating an instant addiction.
“If addiction hasn’t affected you or your family yet- [well], statistically, it probably has, and maybe you’re not aware of it,” observes the district judge.
To find our more about DARA, visit their website at:
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrugAddictionResourceAllianceDARA
Twitter at https://twitter.com/darasaveslives
E-mail Judge Duffy at [email protected] (the e-mail is checked on a daily basis).
Or you can simply call the Court at 215.855.3946.
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