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NCJ Number: 212381 Find in a Library
Title: Recovery and Policy: How States Transform Systems of Care
Author(s): Aaron Lohr
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Ctr for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admi
Project Director: Doug Cuddihy
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20857
Sale Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Ctr for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockwall II, Suite 621
Rockville, MD 20857
United States of America
Publisher: http://www.samhsa.gov 
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this video a panel of experts discusses issues related to the priority States give to drug addiction and prevention as well as issues that should be considered in the development of a comprehensive approach to addressing the drug problem.
Abstract: The four-member panel consists of a representative from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, representatives from State drug treatment agencies in Colorado and Massachusetts, and a recovering alcoholic involved in advocacy for improved systems of drug treatment and prevention. The panel notes that the economic and social costs of drug addiction should make it a top priority for the Federal and State governments in the allocation of resources. Michael Deaver, the recovering alcoholic on the panel, who has been involved in politics most of his career, notes that politicians have little knowledge of the nature of addiction as a disease, its cost to society, and the responsibility of governments to provide comprehensive systems of drug treatment. The host, a member of the staff of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, mentions Federal legislation enacted to address the drug problem in the Nation and then asks the panel whether such laws are adequate. Although commending the legislation for increasing public awareness of drug addiction and treatment and making treatment more accessible, the panel advises that there is much yet to be done. Funding sources are indicated to be weak and unpredictable, and programs are not sufficiently numerous and diverse to address co-occurring illnesses and the varying needs of those who come for treatment. Another issue addressed is the need for physicians to receive specialized training in recognizing, understanding, and referring patients with a drug addiction.
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Costs; Drug Policy; Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment programs; Funding sources; Interagency cooperation; Juvenile drug treatment
Note: VHS color video, 60 minutes.
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