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Judge Orders Acupuncture For Man Facing Fifth Drunken Driving Charge

October 22, 1988

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ A judge has ordered a man facing his fifth drunken-driving charge to undergo acupuncture in an attempt to overcome a drinking problem that his lawyer says has resisted conventional treatment.

″I’m not sure if acupuncture works, but it’s obvious nothing else works with you,″ Boulder County Judge Thomas Reed told John Ball, 31.

Reed issued the order Thursday at the request of Public Defender Cary Lacklen, a defense attorney who believes acupuncture can play a valuable role in fighting substance abuse.

Reed also ordered Ball to use Anabuse, a drug that reacts violently with alcohol in a person’s body, to ensure that he does no more drinking.

″By ordering (acupuncture), I’m not advocating it as a cure,″ Reed said later. ″It can’t hurt, right?″

Prosecutors Thursday charged Ball with driving under the influence, reckless driving, two counts of hit-and-run, and driving without a valid license. He is accused of running into a line of parked cars in Boulder on Oct. 14 and driving off, later slamming into another car several blocks away.

Lacklen said he got the idea for acupuncture therapy after reading about a New York City program that uses acupuncture to treat crack addicts.

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