Methods of Alleviating Drug Abuse : A Comparison Between Substance Abuse Treatment and Incarceration
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The United States is facing one of its worst opioid epidemics in its history. From street heroin to prescription drugs, many Americans are addicted to opiates. This Senior Individualized Project (SIP) sets to find out how to stop this epidemic and prevent future epidemics happening in the future. There are two common ways for attacking illicit drug use: 1) incarceration and 2) substance abuse treatment. The goal of this SIP is to find which of the two has the better impact both economically and personally on those affected by drug abuse. This question asked is answered by looking at various policies implemented by countries, interviews with illicit opioid use, and a cost-benefit analysis comparing prisons and substance abuse clinics. The findings will help determine how to combat illicit drug use for the future.