Substance abuse affects everyone
Drug abuse costs the United States economy over $600 billion dollars annually in increased health care costs, crime, and lost productivity, broken down as follows by type of drug:
Beyond the raw numbers are other costs to society, including:
For more information on drug treatment, see Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.
(Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Unless otherwise specified, NIDA's products are in the public domain and can be copied as a whole without seeking permission from NIDA.)