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April 17, 1972

Detoxification of Sick Addicts in Prison

Author Affiliations

From Rockefeller University, New York.

JAMA. 1972;220(3):366-369. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200030026006

More than 22,000 heroin addicts have been successfully detoxified during the past nine months in the detention jails of New York City. By standardizing the dosage schedules and the dispensing routines, it has been possible to conduct this large program within the cell blocks of the institutions. Violence and suicides, which occurred frequently before the treatment was started, have been completely absent in the detoxification areas. The treatment program now is a starting point for placement of addicts in community-based narcotics treatment programs.