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Treatment Effective Against Drug Use

As the debate wages over the best way to rid the country of drugs, a government report said research shows drug treatment has proven effective against repeated use and drug-related crime.

The government's triennial report to Congress, Drug Abuse and Drug Abuse Research, released January 16, called drug abuse a "chronic disorder," in which recurrences are common and repeated periods of treatment are frequently required. It said research shows promising developments in the drug treatment arena.

"By virtually every criterion used, there is good evidence that drug abuse significantly decreased following treatment" the report said. "Other destructive personal and social effects of drug abuse, such as drug related crime, suicidal behavior, psychiatric problems, incarceration and unemployment, are also reduced."

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