BENEFITS OF DRUG ABSTINENCE & TREATMENT   
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  • In the US, treatment for drug addiction has been shown to save lives, reduce crime and rebuild families, along with:
    • 69% of those treated being drug-free one year after treatment
    • 64% reduction in arrests one year after treatment
  • A vaccine has been developed in the United Kingdom that can help wean cocaine addicts by preventing a “high” from the drug.
  • Research confirms that an herbal supplement, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), helps reduce cocaine cravings and may also be effective in treating heroin addiction.
  • When used as a supplement to standard drug counseling, a computer program providing outpatient therapy proves helpful for addicts in becoming drug free.
  • A California, USA study found that for every US$1 invested in drug treatment, US$7 was saved through reduced crime, health and welfare costs, and increased income stability. 
 (THIS SOUNDS MORE LOGICAL?)

60% of cocaine and heroin in the US is consumed by people who get arrested in the same year; thus, treatment that helps them to overcome drug addiction reduces crime and market demand for drugs.
  • A doctor in Arizona USA, identified a new outpatient treatment for methamphetamine addicts, showing an over 60% success rate in rehabilitation.
  • Since 1991, when substitution treatment became available for all heroin users in Zurich, Switzerland, the number of new addicts dropped greatly.
  • Thirty percent of US inmates who were able to receive drug treatment while in prison remained drug free, with reduced likelihood of being arrested again. 
  • Seventy-six percent of people participating in both drug treatment programs in prison and post-prison treatment in the US remained drug-free, with increased rates of law-abiding citizenry.
  • Twenty years of research in the US has demonstrated that drug treatment programs are effective in reducing crime, as well as improving the health and social function of participants. 
  • The Washington State Institute for Public Policy Research in the US finds that treatment programs for youth drug users are effective and can save the state between US$1,900 to US$31,200 per child. 
  • Drug-free workplace programs are found to result in:
    • Lower absenteeism
    • Fewer accidents
    • Higher productivity
    • Improved morale
    • Better employee health
    • Decreased use of and expenses for health benefits
    • Lower corporate insurance premium costs
  • The following response was rated as the best answer to a question posed on “Yahoo Ask” regarding the benefits of being drug-free: 
    • No fear of police
    • No fear of needle-infected site on the body
    • No fear of 'frying' the brain
    • No fear of 'impaired' driving and thus accidents
    • Delight in being free to observe the world (vision, touch, taste, speech or hearing) without compromised senses.
    • Joy of being fully functional in a crisis or emergency
    • Ability to tell others about the joys of a drug-free life
GOVERNMENT ACTIONS
  • Through the use of satellite remote sensors, China has been able to remove virtually all opium plantations and heroin processing locations.
  • The New Zealand Police Association suggests parental approaches that may help children avoid involvement with drugs, such as:
    • Providing constructive encouragement
    • Talking and listening as a family
    • Instilling values that promote inner self esteem
  • For International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Thailand, China, and Cambodia publicly incinerates illegal drugs.
  • The United Kingdom government has implemented budget reforms to encourage drug users to attend rehabilitation courses.
  • Pakistan and China work together to reduce drug trafficking between their borders.
  • The Colombian Navy successfully intercepted 10 tons of cocaine and stopped it from being smuggled into the country by submarine.
  • A three-year anti-drug campaign in China raises awareness and increases the number of people who remain drug-free.

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