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  • 1. Ignoring Drug and Alcohol Prevention Is Costly The economic cost of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse in the United States is more than $500 billion per year. Drug, alcohol and tobacco use cost schools throughout the country an EXTRA $41 billion per year in truancy, violence, disciplinary programs, school security and other expenses. http://www.drugabuse.gov/Infofacts/treatmeth.html http://www.health.org/govpubs/prevalert/v5/5.aspx
  • 2. Cost/Benefit For Prevention Prevention Yields Huge Savings Effective substance abuse prevention can yield major economic dividends. For every dollar invested in prevention between $10.00 to $20.00 can be saved. For every dollar invested in prevention, there is a $10.00 savings in treatment. Aos et al. 2001; Spoth et al. 2002a). Spoth, R., Guyll, M., & Day, S. X. (2002). Swisher, J.D., Scherer, J. and Yin, K. (October, 2004). The Journal of Primary Prevention. “ Cost-benefit estimates in prevention research.” 25:2.
  • 3. What the Research Shows…
  • 4. WWW.NMPREVENTIONNETWORK.ORG FRANK MAGOURILOS, SCPS [email_address]
      • Preventive interventions most likely to be economically beneficial when...
      • Prevented condition is prevalent
      • Condition is costly
      • Effective preventive interventions are available
      • Interventions costs are low
      • Spoth, R., Guyll, M., & Day, S. X. (2002)