“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions laid out a three-point plan to combat the opioid epidemic this week, alarming drug policy experts who emphasize the importance of treatment over punishment to address the drug crisis.
“There are three main ways to fight back against this problem: Prevention, criminal enforcement and treatment,” Sessions said at a youth summit in New Hampshire on Tuesday. “Criminal enforcement is essential to stopping the transnational criminal organizations which ship drugs into our country, and to stop the thugs and gangs who use violence and extortion to move their product.”
But the attorney general proceeded to downplay the role of treatment in addressing the drug crisis. “Treatment,” he said, “often comes too late” — and “recovery is not certain.”
“I have seen families spend all their savings and retirement money on treatment programs for their children, just to see these programs sometimes fail,” he continued.”
Source: ATTN.com – March 8, 2017