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Substance Use and Addiction and American Prison and Jail Inmates1
Substance use and addiction and American prison and jail inmates
Hung-En Sung, Linda Richter, Roger Vaughan and Susan E. Foster

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, driven in large part by crime linked to alcohol and other drug use and addiction. Two thirds of America's inmates meet medical criteria for the complex brain disease of addiction, yet only 11% of them receive any form of professional treatment. Both substance use and high rates of incarceration destroy lives, break up families, and devastate communities. Worse, they exacerbate and reinforce each other in a desperate cycle of addiction and social exclusion that has wreaked havoc among the most vulnerable ...

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