One example of that in Carroll County was drug court, which gave criminal offenders with addiction issues an opportunity to choose treatment over incarceration. Anecdotally, the program has proven successful for those who complete it. But there are fewer people entering drug court. At the program’s height in fiscal year 2016, there were 40 participants. That number has dropped each year and, through early November of 2018, just 20 people had entered drug court in fiscal year 2019. According to State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo, that’s because too many people are dying from fentanyl before those individuals even end up in the court system, where drug court may be an option.