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Casey Johnson watches lives change right in front of him on a regular basis.
And it happens in an unlikely place: a courtroom in South Jersey. For the last two years, Johnson, a drug and alcohol counselor, has served as the court advocate for Gloucester Township's Project SAVE -- Substance Abuse Visionary Effort -- initiative, a program launched in 2014 to help people battling drug addictions -- often to heroin or prescription pain medication -- get the help they need.
"This was a different feeling," Johnson said. "People would come into court broken ... really kind of at rock bottom. So they're receptive to change."