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Drug Overdose: Prevention Vs. Treatment

Medina, Erica (2012) Drug Overdose: Prevention Vs. Treatment. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The purpose of this research is to identify the effectiveness of drug overdose prevention in comparison to drug addiction treatment programs. Drug addiction is a brain disease, and treating it requires the incorporation of several components. Addiction is a condition of public health significance due to its effects on society. The first phase involves a qualitative research project carried out by the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition (ACOPC). This project attempted to involve police as stakeholders in a drug prevention effort. The second phase involves research on drug addiction treatment and the theories behind the various approaches. The findings will show how drug overdose prevention can help to alleviate some of the financial burden of treatment programs, and help people to have a better quality of life. School-based substance abuse prevention programming that effectively addresses substance abuse appears to be an excellent investment and is likely to pay for itself in resource cost savings alone. Taken as a whole, the benefits of substance abuse prevention well outweigh the costs of providing the service of treatment.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Medina, Erica
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKeane, Christophercrkcity@pitt.eduCRKCITYUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBezak, Teresatbezak1@gmail.comUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 7 December 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 17:54
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 19:03


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