Drug treatment and education in prisons.

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Drug Treatment and Education

On February 6th on the way to my morning class I was listening to 1010 wins. They said girls between the age of 11 and 17 have stronger addiction to drugs and alcohol than boys because of hormones. The girls have hirer addiction rate by 20%, but if the girls had better drug education the percentage would not be so great said the doctor from a study.

After researching the drug problems and how many people are in jail because of drug related crimes I believe the emphasis should be on education. The study according to RAND's for each additional dollar spent on cocaine treatment, a social benefit of reduced cocaine consumption, crime and increased productivity valued at $7.46 is received. Also the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Program concluded in their study that every dollar spent on treatment for substance abuse saves the state seven dollars via reduced crime and health costs.

These studies show that education and treatment does work.

The problem is that 58% of the populations in jail are drug offenders. It is estimated that 124,885 of drug related crimes are not violent and not engaged in high level drug activity. These 124,885 prisons are the ones that need this education. I do not think that drug education will help everyone, but lets give it a try. I would rather have a person be able to support him or herself not addicted to drug and not in prison were the tax payers have to pay.

The other problem that behaviorist will confer is that the environment has a big input on drugs. By virtue of living in a low-income neighborhood, residents have limited access to cival resources such as job and training. The lack of stable jobs means that the effects...