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

Table 4.1

Health Care Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Cost

Total

Alcohol

Drugs

Specialty Services and Support

Services:

Alcohol or drug abuse treatment

$7,176

$4,046

$3,130

Alcohol or drug abuse prevention

$1,814

$1,088

$726

Support:

Training

$122

$73

$49

Research

$536

$184

$352

Insurance administration

$325

$182

$143

Total, Specialty Services and Support

$9,973

$5,573

$4,400

Medical Consequences
Health Providers:

Hospitalization, non-Federal

$5,846

$5,328

$518

Hospitalization, Federal

$495

$451

$44

Outpatient medical

$1,749

$1,749

0

Nursing homes

$623

$623

0

Pharmaceuticals

$1,581

$1,581

0

Other health professionals

$935

$935

0

Special Disease Groups:

Fetal alcohol syndrome

$1,944

$1,944

0

Drug-exposed infants, etc.

$407

0

$407

Tuberculosis

$30

0

$30

HIV/AIDS

$3,700

0

$3,700

Hepatitis

$462

0

$462

Violent crime

$105

0

$105

Health Insurance Administration

$901

$636

$265

Total, Medical Consequences

$18,778

$13,247

$5,531

Total

$28,751

$18,820

$9,931

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


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