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Reduce Relapse Thru Effective Drug Rehabilitation and Save Society Tens of Thousands of Dollars per Addict, Says Narconon
Date:6/12/2009

If the Obama administration wants to cut the budget and improve the economy, it should demand effective drug rehabilitation that can achieve stable recovery.

LOS ANGELES, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- "Drug rehabilitation will really impact society and save hundreds of billions of dollars," says Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, "when it demonstrates it can reduce relapse to drugs, not just keep addicts off the streets for a few months." Recently reviewing statistics of Narconon program graduates, Carr compared them to the costs society would have had if Narconon's recovered addicts had continued to do drugs. Carr estimates that since 1990 in the United States alone the Narconon network might have saved city, county, state, and federal governments minimally $1.5 billion, probably much more, by preventing the extended costs of drug abuse and addiction.

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*(Photo Caption: Clark Carr, President of Narconon International.)

"Crunch the numbers yourselves," Carr says. "Narconon drug rehab centers have graduated 10,000 students in the US since 1990. Our average rate of graduates living stably drug-free is 75%, monitored through staff routine outcome monitoring, procedures validated and commended by CARF (the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission.) A daily average spent by a serious addict on his drugs is $100 per day, which is $36,500 per year. Some spend much more. If our 7,500 drug-free graduates had continued spending $100 per day on drugs for another five years, that would be 7,500 x 36,500 x 5 = $1,368,750,000. But that is just what they would have spent on drugs! Not the other costs of arresting and repeatedly treating them."

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