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

Table 1.2

Total Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Specific and Related Crime, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Type of Cost

Total

Alcohol

Drugs

Criminal Justice Expenditures and Victim Health Care
Economic Costs to Victims
Medical expenses for victims of violent crimes

$505

$400

$105

Property damage

$221

$28

$193

Total, Economic Costs to Victims

$726

$428

$298

Criminal Justice System

Police protection

$6,191

$1,547

$4,644

Legal and adjudication

$1,701

$491

$1,210

State and Federal correction

$8,483

$1,790

$6,693

Local correction

$3,517

$2,326

$1,191

Total, Criminal Justice System

$19,892

$6,154

$13,738

Federal Drug Traffic Control

$3,753

$62

$3,691

Subtotal, Public Expenditures

$23,645

$6,216

$17,429

Private Legal Defense

$416

$68

$348

Subtotal

$24,787

$6,712

$18,075

Crime-Related Productivity Losses

Homicide victims (premature death)

$8,016

$6,589

$1,427

Other victims of crime

$3,071

$1,012

$2,059

Incarcerated offenders

$23,356

$5,449

$17,907

Crime careers

$19,198

-

$19,198

Subtotal

$53,641

$13,050

$40,591

TOTAL

$78,428

$19,762

$58,666

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


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