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Undergraduate Research Journal

Abstract

The War on Drugs began in 1967 with the hope of ending the devastating effects of drug addiction. Unfortunately, the prevalence of drug use and abuse has only spread across socioeconomic, cultural, and geographic lines. This research describes the implications of criminalizing drug addiction, for example: crowded prison populations and disparate treatment of minority and disadvantaged groups. This review further investigates alternative methods and policies using evidence-based practice to treat substance addiction such as the ANGEL Program in Gloucester Massachusetts.

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