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Drug addiction cannot be decoupled from mental illness

from The New York Times

For many, mental illness goes hand-in-hand with drug use, either because substance use exacerbates their symptoms or because they self-medicate with drugs. In jail, almost three-quarters of people with serious mental illness also have a drug addiction. We cannot decouple these two health needs when delivering care. But the justice system-first response to both of these issues intensifies the problem. more


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