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[Perspectives] Reimagining addiction

The Narcotic Farm was established in 1935 in Lexington, KT, USA, by the US Department of Public Health with two aims. First, it was to create a new way of dealing with addiction as an issue of health rather than criminal justice, by offering treatment and rehabilitation instead of punishment and retribution. Second, it aimed to bring together researchers to study addiction in its Addiction Research Center, and to find a cure. “Narco”, as it was commonly known, was a noble idea, designed to support men and women convicted of drug-related offences alongside those who made a voluntary decision to commit to treatment.