California eyes paying drug addicts to remain sober

California eyes paying drug addicts to remain sober
Homeless in San Francisco: The city has a huge homeless population (Image: KPIX video screen grab)

[Ed.- Hey, it works with military members. Why shouldn’t it work with homeless drug addicts?]

Frustrated by out-of-control increases in drug overdose deaths, California’s leaders are trying something radical: They want the state to be the first to pay people to stay sober.

The federal government has been doing it for years with military veterans and research shows it is one of the most effective ways to get people to stop using drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine, stimulants for which there are no pharmaceutical treatments available.

It works like this: People earn small incentives or payments for every negative drug test over a period of time. Most people who complete the treatment without any positive tests can earn a few hundred dollars. They usually get the money on a gift card.

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