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Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability Cases Involving Alcohol or Drug Use

Developments in the Last Decade

By Linda Landry

Fifteen years after Congress prohibited receiving social security disability benefits where drug or alcohol abuse is a “material factor” in the disability, the Social Security Administration has yet to promulgate regulations implementing the prohibition. Instead the agency relies on subregulatory instructions and policy statements. Advocates should become familiar with the intracacies of these statements and instructions.

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