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The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the United States - 1992

Table 1.1

Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the United States, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Economic Costs

Total

Alcohol

Drugs

Health Care Expenditures

Alcohol and drug abuse services

$9,973

$5,573

$4,400

Medical consequences

$18,778

$13,247

$5,531

Total, Health Care Expenditures

$28,751

$18,820

$9,931

Productivity Effects (Lost Earnings)

Premature death

$45,902

$31,327

$14,575

Impaired productivity

$82,201

$67,696

$14,205

Institutionalized populations

$2,990

$1,513

$1,477

Incarceration

$23,356

$5,449

$17,907

Crime careers

$19,198

-

$19,198

Victims of crime

$3,071

$1,012

$2,059

Total, Productivity Effects

$176,418

$106,997

$69,421

Other Effects on Society

Crime

$24,282

$6,312

$17,970

Social welfare administration

$1,020

$683

$337

Motor vehicle crashes

$13,619

$13,619

-

Fire destruction

$1,590

$1,590

-

Total, Other Effects on Society

$40,511

$22,204

$18,307

Total

$245,680

$148,021

$97,659

Source: Analysis by The Lewin Group.
Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding.


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