Substance abuse costs our Nation over $600 billion annually

By The Valor Team
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 9:19 am in
Youngstown Ohio park

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction treatment has been shown to reduce associated health and social costs by far more than the cost of the treatment itself. By several conservative estimates, every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. 

When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1. Major savings to the individual and to society also result from fewer interpersonal conflicts; greater workplace productivity; and fewer drug-related accidents, including overdoses and deaths.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy, improve practice, and advance addiction science. 

Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs and information on The National Institute on Drug Abuse research and other activities can be found at www.drugabuse.gov.

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