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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