Nearly half of the federal prison population in the United States is incarcerated because of drug-related offenses.

The Bureau of Prisons estimates that 40% of inmates entered prison with a drug abuse issue.

This information appears in a federal study and shows the reason for much of the crime and the criminal population.

Solve — or at least better address — the drug issue and crime is likely to decline.

U.S. senators, including Lisa Murkowski, asked that the Government Accountability Office look at the BOP’s drug treatment programs and reexamine how their effectiveness might be improved.

Alaska isn’t immune to illegal drug use, especially when it comes to opioids.

Much of the challenge is in the prison population and trying to effectively address addiction before releasing prisoners. Addicted prisoners are likely candidates for recivicidism.

Tackling addition in prison isn’t only beneficial to inmates, Murkowski says, but to the communities to which they return upon release.

The prisons represent only part of the problem. Others with addiction live in communities and manage to avoid incarceration.

People cannot function or achieve to their full potential for this community, this state and the nation to succeed if relying on drugs day after day.

Drugs destroy people and communities from the inside out.

This inside look at the prison system’s drug abuse treatment programs is key to stopping the spread of addiction.

The report’s results, including pinpointing the extent of the problem, is a much-needed compilation of information to be used to map out the path to a healthy population both inside and outside prison walls.