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New Veterans Drug Court Focuses on Rehabilitating Our Soldiers Through Mental Health Treatment
Date:5/28/2008

and Community Health by health researchers Mark Kaplan and Bentson McFarland, male veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as their civilian counterparts, regardless of when they served in the military.

On a national front, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has identified substance use disorders as one of the three most common diagnoses. The January 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that approximately one out of six veterans from Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom have a substance use disorder.

"The reality is we knew we had to do something now because soon we're going to have 400,000 troops coming home. Veterans Court is a way to prevent the veterans' future contacts with the justice system, incidents of harm to self, and others (suicide or violence)," said Buffalo City Court Project Director Hank Pirowski.

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) are responsible for advocacy, training, research, and scholarship on behalf of drug courts nationwide. With more than 2,100 drug courts nationwide, and 500 more in planning stages, drug courts have experienced phenomenal success and tremendous growth by reducing substance abuse, crime, and recidivism. Since 1994, NADCP has represented over 22,000 judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers and rehabilitation experts, law enforcement and corrections personnel, educators, researchers, and community leaders. For more information, visit http://www.nadcp.org.


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