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NCJ Number: 118812 Find in a Library
Title: Alternatives for Treatment (From Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook, P 11.1-11.76, 1988, Gerald F Uelmen and Victor G Haddox, -- See NCJ-118803)
Author(s): G F Uelmen; V G Haddox
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: Clark Boardman Company, Ltd
New York, NY 10014
Sale Source: Clark Boardman Company, Ltd
435 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter on alternatives for drug treatment considers addiction maintenance, therapeutic communities, and the decriminalization of marijuana and heroin.
Abstract: The discussion of addiction maintenance concerns the controlled medical prescription of heroin and methadone either to achieve gradual withdrawal from addiction or to maintain an addiction under medical supervision. The history of such addiction maintenance in Great Britain is traced, with attention to pertinent policy reports. A review of the effectiveness of therapeutic communities in treating drug addiction notes the temporary success of such treatment while addicts remain in residence, followed by a high failure rate when they leave the treatment community. The arguments for and against the decriminalization of marijuana and heroin are reviewed. Arguments for the decriminalization of marijuana have been more persuasive than those for the decriminalization of heroin, as many States have softened the penalties for marijuana use. The perceived risks involved have stalled decriminalization efforts in the United States. The effectiveness of the British heroin maintenance system is not necessarily an indication the United States would have the same success with its heroin addict population.
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Decriminalization; Heroin maintenance; Marijuana; Methadone maintenance; Treatment/Therapeutic Community
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