"Repeat drug offenders, the homeless, addicts and the mentally ill will soon have their day in a special court that will "sentence" them to treatment programmes instead of jail.
The special circumstances court, modelled on so-called "drug courts" common in the US, Australia, the UK and Canada, will be launched in Auckland next month."
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Why can some people take a few sips from one glass of alcohol at a dinner party and call it a night, while others compulsively gulp down four martinis or two bottles of wine at the same event? Scientists say it’s more than differences in one’s upbringing or culture of origin and that it boils down to genetics. The new scientific consensus is that alcoholics break down into subgroups with different genetic mechanisms for their susceptibility to alcohol dependence which warrant different therapies.