I can hear the ACLU's screams of injustice now.  Truth be told, this seems like such a basic, commonsense notion.  It's definitely not a new idea, but props to Sen. Hatch for reintroducing it, especially at a time when the country can't afford to waste a dime.  The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Hatch, R-Utah, said his idea would help battle drug addiction and could reduce the nation's debt. He will try to get the Senate to include his amendment to a $140 billion bill extending tax breaks and social programs this week.

"This amendment is a way to help people get off of drugs to become productive and healthy members of society, while ensuring that valuable taxpayer dollars aren't wasted," he said after announcing his amendment. "Too many Americans are locked into a life of a dangerous dependency not only on drugs, but the federal assistance that serves to enable their addiction."

Just call it "rehab."