February | CASAColumbia


Though more than 40 million Americans have addiction, very few understand the disease and how it should be treated. As a result, there is a lot of misinformation. In our ongoing blog series Addiction Myths, CASAColumbia’s experts will debunk the most common misconceptions about this complicated disease.

There’s no denying that substance use and addiction is rampant in our justice system. As of 2005, this health problem was involved in the crimes of 1.9 million inmates -- 85% of the U.S. prison and jail population. That number is staggering. Here are five facts that you need to know about the relationship between substance use and addiction and criminal justice.

CASAColumbia’s Jon Morgenstern, Vice President and Director of Health and Treatment Research Analysis, reflects on six key insights from his work in addiction treatment research.

Cory Monteith, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger and now the award-winning Philip Seymour Hoffman, how many more talented stars must die from addiction before we treat it as the disease that it is?

Celebrities certainly aren’t the only ones who fall victim to addiction, they are just the most visible. For every Emmy®, Oscar® and Grammy® winner that succumbs to addiction there are more than 1,500 mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, brothers and sisters who die each day as a result of this disease.

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