The Cost of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The Cost of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse put the lives of countless people in the United States at risk every single day, but the damages go beyond what’s being done to the lives of individuals.

Drug and alcohol abuse costs an estimated $520.5 billion in the United States every year in lost work productivity, health care, and crime (statistics via the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics#supplemental-references-for-economic-costs).

According to NIDA, an estimated $64 billion is spent on health care alone, and those costs show no sign of dropping in the near future. In fact, between 2007 and 2013, the cost of health care increased by more than $20 million.

The financial effect opiate and alcohol abuse has on our nation is astronomical – the $520.5 billion is larger than many nations’ entire GDP, and is more than enough to buy every single professional sports team in the United States with more than a few billion dollars left over.

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