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August 14, 1972

The Treatment of Drug Abuse: Programs, Problems, Prospects

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Editor, International Drug Therapy Newsletter Baltimore

JAMA. 1972;221(7):718-719. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200200064036

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During the past decade, drug abuse spread like a contagious disease, ensnaring an alarming number of children, adolescents, and young and middle-aged adults. A concerned public knew that something had to be done to stop this epidemic and to treat its victims. An investigation carried out by the Joint Information Agency of the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health resulted in this book. These agencies commissioned four experts on drug abuse to evaluate the various treatment programs available for drug misusers, and determine what a community can and should do to provide effective treatment for the drug abusers. The agencies, with Raymond Glasscote, Chief of the Joint Information Service, after much careful and astute preliminary surveying, selected for detailed analysis nine treatment programs, operating more than 40 facilities for persons who use drugs— mainly narcotics. From the visits and interviews, a wealth of important information emerged