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

Table 1.2

Updated Cost Estimates: 1992 Estimates and Inflation- and Population-Adjusted Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for 1995 (millions of current-year dollars)

 

Alcohol

Drugs

 

1992

1995

1992

1995

Health Care Expenditures

Specialty alcohol and drug services

$5,573

$6,660

$4,400

$5,258

Medical consequences

$13,247

$15,830

$5,531

$6,623

Productivity Impacts

Lost earnings - premature death

$31,327

$34,921

$14,575

$16,247

Lost earnings - illness

$69,209

$77,150

$15,682

$17,481

Lost earnings - crime/victims

$6,461

$7,231

$39,164

$43,829

Other Impacts

Crashes, fires, criminal justice, etc.

$22,204

$24,752

$18,307

$20,407

Total

$148,021

$166,543

$97,659

$109,832

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


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