1997 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse

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Drug Use, by Family Income, Health Insurance Status, and Welfare Assistance (Tables 13.1 and 13.2)

27 For example, the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121, enacted March 29, 1996) stipulates that alcoholism and drug addiction may no longer be considered disabilities under the Federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 423(d)(2)). For a cost-benefit analysis of drug treatment for welfare recipients, see Gerstein, Johnson, Larison, Harwood, and Fountain (1996).
28 The NHSDA estimates presented above for the percentage of youths and young adults among people in households receiving welfare assistance are lower than the Census population data because the latter are restricted to actual recipients of benefits. In comparison, NHSDA respondents would still be included in the "do receive" welfare assistance category even if they were not the direct recipients of assistance-as long as someone in the household was a recipient. Thus, for example, a respondent over the age of 35 who was living in the same household with a grandchild receiving AFDC would be included in the "do receive" welfare assistance category.
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