Drug Abuse :: Study Suggests Corrections Substance Abuse Treatment Is Effective

Treatment of substance abuse in jail or prison settings can increase the rate of abstinence from drug use 12 months following release, a study by a University of Kentucky researcher indicates.

The study by Michele Staton-Tindall, assistant professor in the UK College of Social Work with an appointment in the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, also found that participants in prison and jail treatment engaged in self-help groups after release from incarceration. In addition, most of the participants were not re-incarcerated at the time of their follow-up interview.

Staton-Tindall presented her findings at a luncheon hosted by Kentucky Corrections Commissioner John D. Rees. She will continue collecting data through Aug. 31 in preparation for a final report.

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