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Medical News and Perspectives
September 13, 2006

Treatment Key to Reducing Cost of Crime

JAMA. 2006;296(10):1222. doi:10.1001/jama.296.10.1222

To facilitate effective treatment for drug-addicted offenders, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a research-based guide for individuals and organizations that work with incarcerated individuals.

Drug abuse and addiction are common in this population—about 70% of individuals in state prisons and local jails have abused drugs regularly, according to NIDA estimates. Left untreated, those affected may be mired in a cycle of incarceration, release, relapse, and re-arrest.

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