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Medical News & Perspectives
May 24/31, 2000

Addiction Medicine Specialists Add a New Therapeutic Approach

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JAMA. 2000;283(20):2644-2645. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2644-JMN0524-4-1

Chicago—The last 10 years have witnessed the growth of drug courts in the United States. Instead of being sentenced through the criminal justice system, people who have been convicted of nonviolent drug-related crimes are being given the option of participating in rigorous, court-supervised rehabilitation. This approach relies on the concept of therapeutic jurisprudence, which has been defined as the use of social science to study the extent to which legal processes promote the psychological and physical well-being of the people they affect. These issues received renewed attention at a meeting here last month of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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