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Novus Medical Detox Comments on Proposed California Bill—Drug Users Need Treatment Instead of Prison Sentences
Date:11/4/2013

New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) November 04, 2013

As drug abuse continues its rampage on American society, many are questioning the effectiveness of sentencing addicted individuals to years in the prison system. As a result, a recent legislative measure in California sought to deem simple drug possession a misdemeanor rather than a felony, making rehabilitation an option (1). Although the bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown, Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, continues to encourage treatment as the best long-term answer for drug addiction. Novus also maintains that rehabilitation is influential in reducing prison overcrowding and the subsequent financial burden on American taxpayers.

Drug abuse treatment programs are typically much less expensive than the alternative of incarceration (2):

?The average cost of one full year of methadone maintenance treatment (used to wean an addicted individual off drugs) is approximately $4,700 per patient;

oSeveral conservative estimates show that every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft;

?One full year of imprisonment costs taxpayers approximately $24,000 per person.

Novus Executive Director, Kent Runyon, states that not only are safe and effective detox centers critical in stopping the growth of abuse, they are the only dependable long-term option for anyone struggling with addiction.

“If a substance abuser serves a period of incarceration without quality drug or alcohol treatment to address the source of their addiction, upon release they will likely return to society much more at-risk,” sai
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