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Medical News & Perspectives
April 15, 1998

Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy Finds Addiction Treatment Works

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JAMA. 1998;279(15):1149-1150. doi:10.1001/jama.279.15.1149

ADDICTION to illicit drugs can be treated with as much success as illnesses like diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, says a national panel of physicians.

This finding belies the popular belief that drug addiction treatment carries a high failure rate. Moreover, mounting effective treatment programs for drug addiction may cost 10 times less than putting addicts in prison. But convincing the public and, in turn, Congress that this is so is going to be uphill work.

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