4 thoughts on “3 Ways to Tackle Addiction Before It Starts

  • September 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    While I appreciate your posts, I don’t think they are served by such hyperbole as “16%” of state budgets derive from the consequences of addiction. As an expert on state fiscal matters, I know this to be untrue.

    • September 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      The statistic comes from The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia), a well-respected national nonprofit research and policy organization founded in 1992 whose mission is the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction. It is indeed a startling number, but when you consider that it factors in the effects on healthcare, our educational system, public safety, the workforce, our justice system and other government services, it’s easy to see how the toll can climb. Here’s a link to the CASAColumbia numbers: http://www.casacolumbia.org/policy/costs-of-risky-use-addiction.

      • September 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm

        Sorry, but this is not a peer-reviewed study and has no hard numbers to back it up. The statement that 1/3 of hospital costs are addiction related doesn’t even make sense, since almost 90% of hospital costs treat 10% of the population, most elderly and most with heart disease or cancer. And even if it were true, what does that have to do with state budgets? 70% of Medicaid costs are for long-term nursing care for the elderly and disabled. Another 20% to treat young children. So…

        And education? How does addiction increase education budgets? Where’s the line item? Not in my state’s or even my city’s budget.

        Corrections. Represents less than 10% of state budgets on average, but it is certainly true that anywhere from 2/3-3/4 of prisoners are in prison for drug and alcohol related crimes. So this I find believable, though, again, no data is presented.

        I think it may be true that the TOTAL ECONOMIC COST of addiction is equivalent to 16% of government spending (or about $1t). But in that case, it would make more sense to say the cost is about 4% of GDP. Maybe the authors decided that just wasn’t alarming enough.

  • March 28, 2016 at 2:07 am

    David I appreciate the effort you made. You almost covered all those areas that would help to come out of the addiction. I was alcoholic two years back. It was a big task for me to come out of it. My cousin suggested me addiction treatment British Columbia Professionals and I was taken there by my parents. The change in me after the treatment was wonderful. I could say no to alcohol, which I thought I could never do.


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