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MORE TO LIFE THAN DRUGS

Half of All Inmates are Dependent on Drugs

According to a recent article in Join Together

Half of all prison inmates are dependent on drugs -- including many incarcerated on non drug-related offenses -- but less than 20 percent get the treatment they need, according to a new report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

"Addiction is a stigmatized disease that the criminal justice system often fails to view as a medical condition; as a consequence, its treatment is not as available as it is for other medical conditions," said Redonna K. Chandler, principal author of the report and chief of NIDA's Services Research Branch.

NIDA researchers stressed that the criminal-justice system is ideal for getting people into treatment and applying pressure to complete therapy. They noted that a dollar spent on drug courts, for example, saves $4 in healthcare costs, while a dollar spent on prison-based treatment saves $2-$6.”

It is true that we need to face the fact that most people are in prison because of drug abuse and the issue should be addressed when there is plenty of time in prison.

However, we need to ensure that as people leave prison they have a supportive drug treatment program to report to upon entering back into real life. This is the time when they will be tempted to hook back up with their old friends and pick up old habits, knowing little else.

Through an effective treatment program they will learn that there is more to life than drugs and in fact, anyone can turn their life around given the proper guidance, tools and desire.

Narconon has worked with several persons who had recently gotten out of prison or jail for drugs with a high percentage of success and little recidivism. 877-413-3073

http://www.jointogether.org/news/research/summaries/2009/less-than-one-in-five-inmates.html

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