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    The Town That Might Win the War on Drugs

    The small rural community of Greenfield, Massachusetts, was hit hard by the opioid crisis. But the local government has since launched an ambitious response that tries to tackle the root causes of drug abuse. The multipronged approach treats drug-related inmates as patients rather than criminals. And planners have sought to turn the town into a hub for the food industry to replace lost manufacturing jobs — and funnel addicts into gainful employment. While its effectiveness isn’t guaranteed, it could become a blueprint for small towns across the country.

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