Webb County's Juvenile Treatment Drug Court program wants to help Laredo youth who struggle with drug addiction. The program just received 975-thousand dollars to expand. Treatment manager, Victor Oliveros helps run the program.
"The program consist of intensive out-patient substance abuse treatment. It also includes in-patient treatment. There's also mental health services available. It's a well-rounded program for treatment."
The program has been in Laredo for 6 months and works with adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17 who have been arrested on drug charges. Juan Garza has lived in Laredo most his life and is happy to hear the news.
"I do believe the kids need something. There's a lot of need in Laredo.
Garza says he's witnessed drug addiction first hand...
"I started with drugs when I was 12 years-old then I went to pills and then heroin."
As a youth, Garza would get help by joining a drug program and says they really work.
"Some of the guys there at the program there was something different about them and it gave me faith to stay."
The county says the reason for the expansion is because drugs are a real problem here in Laredo and by expanding they hope to help more youth change their lives around.
Oliveros says, "These young people have had a run in with the law and what we want to do is prevent them from going down the wrong path."