Underage drinking treatment evolves with better understanding

During the last 12 years, the number of minors in Alaska sentenced to time in correctional facilities because of drug or alcohol charges has been steadily reduced, from 730 in 2003 to 395 in 2014. A big contributing factor behind that improvement has come with the department’s progress in, firstly, assessing what kids need treatment and, secondly, getting them into the right treatment programs.

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