What’s the Cost of Drug Use in USA?

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Costs of Substance Abuse – USA

Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.**

Health Care Overall Year Estimate Based On
Tobacco1,2 $168 billion $300 billion 2010
Alcohol3 $27 billion $249 billion 2010
Illicit Drugs4,5 $11 billion $193 billion 2007
$26 billion $78.5 billion 2013

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Let’s do the ‘MATH’!  So, based on this current data, the LEGAL drugs combined cost to the American economy is, $627.5 Billion!

The cost to the nation for illicit drug use is $193 Billion.

Clearly legalising and regulating drugs escalates use and misuse, so why would you add another ‘substance’ to that framework and unleash another ‘right to use’ model for the already ‘over drugged’ community?

The ‘Permission’ model and not prohibition drives demand faster and further!  Check out

“Accessibility, Availability and Acceptability – All increase consumption!” Dalgarno Institute

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