The impact of time in treatment on the employment and earnings of drug abusers

Michael French, G. A. Zarkin, R. L. Hubbard, J. V. Rachal

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Abstract

We use data from a longitudinal survey to estimate the effects of time in drug abuse treatment on post-treatment weeks worked and earnings for 2,420 clients in three treatment modalities. The regression analysis shows that time in treatment had a positive and statistically significant impact on these labor market outcomes, but the effects were small for all modalities. Although residential clients experienced the largest relative changes in weeks worked and real earnings, a benefit-cost calculation suggests that additional residential treatment cannot be justified from earnings improvements alone. These results may indicate a need for more employment services while in treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)904-907
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume81
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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Drug Users
Residential Treatment
Therapeutics
Substance-Related Disorders
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Longitudinal Studies
Regression Analysis

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The impact of time in treatment on the employment and earnings of drug abusers. / French, Michael; Zarkin, G. A.; Hubbard, R. L.; Rachal, J. V.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 81, No. 7, 1991, p. 904-907.

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French, Michael ; Zarkin, G. A. ; Hubbard, R. L. ; Rachal, J. V. / The impact of time in treatment on the employment and earnings of drug abusers. In: American Journal of Public Health. 1991 ; Vol. 81, No. 7. pp. 904-907.
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