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Addiction Treatment Services to stop doing court-ordered drug tests

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After nearly 20 years, Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City will stop performing court-ordered drug tests.

CEO Chris Hindbaugh says they’re shifting away from punitive forms of addiction treatment, like court-ordered drug tests.

"We need to really focus on a community and a public health strategy that keeps people from entering that system," Hindbaugh says.

ATS handled about 1,500 urine tests and 4,000 breathalyzer tests each month and was losing money doing it.

The 86th District Court relied on ATS and New Direction Testing for their court-ordered drug tests. New Direction will take over what's left behind by ATS and a court administrator says they will continue to use in-home testing.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.