New report shows treatment for drug abuse is worthwhile

July 31, 2006

A recently released report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that effective treatment of drug abuse and addiction can take a bite out of crime and save communities money. Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations is based on a review of the scientific literature on drug abuse treatment and criminal behavior, according to NIDA.

New report shows treatment for drug abuse is worthwhile

A recently released report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that effective treatment of drug abuse and addiction can take a bite out of crime and save communities money. Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations is based on a review of the scientific literature on drug abuse treatment and criminal behavior, according to NIDA. Research findings show that treatment of drug abuse cuts its incidence in half, reduces criminal activity up to 80%, and can reduce arrests up to 64%. Sadly, less than one-fifth of drug abusers receive treatment. Costwise, for every dollar spent on treatment programs for addiction, there is a corresponding $4 to $7 drop in the cost of drug-related crimes. The publication also includes information on the role of medication in treating offenders with substance abuse. The report and its companion publication, Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment, can be accessed on NIDA's Web site at http://www.drugabuse.gov/.

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