INFOGRAPHIC: Incarceration ineffective to fight drug use

By UPI.com   |   June 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

A Florida-based drug rehab center says incarceration is an ineffective way to decrease drug-related charges.

Citing the mounting costs of the "war on drugs," topping $1 trillion in four decades, the Unity Recovery Center said addiction rehabilitation is a cheaper and more effective way to reduce drug usage and imprisonment.

"The chances of someone using again, or committing another drug related crime in violation of their probation is very high, because they’ve only been punished for their drug use, but not helped," writes Stacy Barnes for Unity.

"Drug treatment can effectively cut incarceration costs, because getting clean lowers the chance of a repeat drug offense tremendously."

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