Sunday, January 05, 2003

Teen drug programs turn curious teens into crackheads. By Maia Szalavitz

...we'd be using "treatment" to turn ordinary adolescents into problem drug abusers.

That's precisely what we're doing. A 1998 study of nearly 150 teenagers treated in dozens of centers across the country found that there was 202 percent more crack abuse following treatment and a 13 percent increase in alcohol abuse. In other words, recent research suggests that parents and schools may be sending binge-drinking/social marijuana smokers off to treatment and getting back crackheads in their stead.

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