Pubdate: Tue, 13 Sep 2005
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA)
Copyright: 2005 San Jose Mercury News
Author: Elise Ackerman
Bookmark: (Treatment)


CRC Health Group, the country's largest provider of drug treatment 
services, has doubled the size of its Silicon Valley headquarters, as 
concern about methamphetamine-fueled crime continues to rise.

CRC inaugurated its new offices in Cupertino on Monday. The privately held 
company has 87 facilities in 21 states, and treats approximately 22,000 
people a day.

Kathryn Jett, the director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug 
Programs, said people need to understand that methamphetamine addictions 
are treatable. "We know we are not going to arrest our way out of the 
methamphetamine problem," she said.

"We need to hold up a mirror to America and say this isn't a marginalized 
population, this is your children that are involved in this problem," said 
former U.S. drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who sits on the company's board 
of directors.

CRC Health Group CEO Barry Karlin said the company is rolling out a new 
treatment program that is specifically targeted for methamphetamine users, 
as well as a second program that uses a drug called buprenorphine to curb 
dependence on prescription drugs and other opiates.
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