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
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.