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Urinalysis controversy arises in drug court

Towaliga Circuit Drug Court held its 15th graduation recently for three people. It also had its first public protest from the parent and grandparent of a participant. Sheila Lynch told the court her daughter was placed in jail for a total of 47 days due to a series of ‘dilute’ urine tests that showed she had been drinking too much water, Powerade or other liquid. She was assumed to have been doing drugs and sentenced to jail sanctions under the drug court policy. However, Lynch’s private drug test, done on a hair sample, showed her daughter had been clean of drugs for 90 days before her incarceration. ’I think we can help her. I understand your concerns but parents can’t make the rules for drug court,’ said Judge Fears. ‘There’s no reason a healthy young man or woman can’t be able to urinate and give us a sample.’ In more positive news, Judge Fears noted the court could be getting federal funding soon.

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