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Recovery, Not Relapse: Why States are “Sentencing” Drug Users to Treatment Programs

Is Addiction a Crime? America has been fighting a “War on Drugs” since the 1970s, with drug dealers and users alike facing strict criminal penalties.  Yet, opioid use and overdose have become a crisis despite the harsh punitive measures.  In an effort to prevent deaths from an opioid overdose, our federal government has proposed measures…