NYT Urges Country To Look At Substance Abuse As A Public Health Issue.

In an editorial, the New York Times (4/27, Subscription Publication) said that the US “is beginning to realize that it cannot enforce or imprison its way out of the addiction problem,” but in order to “create broadly accessible and effective treatment strategies for the millions of people who need them, it must abandon the ‘drug war’ approach to addiction that has dominated the national discourse in favor of a policy that treats addiction as a public health issue.” The Affordable Care Act “sets the stage for such a transformation by barring insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, including substance dependency.”

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— “The Next Step in Drug Treatment, “The Editorial Board, The New York Times, April 26, 2013.

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