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Keeping youth off drugs

April 20, 2014
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

On April 13, I watched the McLaughlin Group who discussed our nation's drug dilemma, stating the USA makes up 5 percent of the world's population and has 25 percent of the world's prison population, most of whom are drug offenders. The group said the 50 states spend as much for the prisons as they do for Medicaid. The group said it costs the states $30,000 a year for each prisoner, saying prisons are not into "rehab," and, therefore, courts would be wiser to send offenders to treatment centers.



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