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Pickerill, J. Mitchell

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Political Science


In the United States, drugs continue to be a longstanding problem, causing the addictions and deaths of millions of people. Although drug and drug epidemic trends change with the passage of time, their similarly harmful effects on humanity and society have remained the same. Through drug rehabilitation, particularly Drug Courts, a great deal of the chaos caused by drugs has been stopped. Through research, including the examination of studies, facts, epidemics, drug trends over time, and personal experience working with judges who have helped to create Drug Courts, I conclude that adaptability and group effort were the key pieces in successful -- sobering and lasting -- treatment for drug addicts, particularly those whose addictions are the nexus for criminal lifestyles. This research is of great importance, as there is potential for it to be used in many different rehabilitation programs to pinpoint the best ways to treat addiction and greatly change the way society deals with addiction.


35 pages




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