Monday, August 31, 2015

Will heroin and prescription-drug abuse epidemic spur N.J. to add treatment options?

READER POLL

Will heroin and prescription-drug abuse epidemic spur N.J. to add treatment options?

No, don't see cash-strapped state footing the bill for more residential treatment centers
 
  173 (44.2%)
Yes, now that addiction's on the rise in the suburbs, something will be done
 
  45 (11.5%)
No, let them pay with their insurance, not tax money
 
  89 (22.8%)
Yes, better to invest in treatment rather than more prisons
 
  99 (25.3%)
Total votes = 391
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Treat first, save on incarceration costs later


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