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

Table 6.10

Alcohol and Drug Abuse-Related Social Welfare Expenditures, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Direct Human Services
Total Social Insurance:
OASDI,1 SSI2
Public Aid:
AFDC,3 Food Stamps
Child Welfare, Foster Care, Adoption Svcs. Head Start, Voc. Rehab., Special Ed.
Total Expenditures $346,550 $126,190 $179,370 $2,700 $6,990

Proportion alcohol and drug abuse attributed

3.3% 1.7% 4.1% 3.3% 3.3%

Alcohol and drug abuse-related expenditures

$11,403 $2,206 $8,856 $111 $231

Total transfer costs due to alcohol and drug abuse

$10,383 $2,077 $8,244 $63 $0
Administrative and direct service costs due to alcohol and drug abuse $1,020 $130 $612 $48 $231

Source: Analysis by The Lewin Group.
1OASDI = Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance.
2SSI = Supplemental Security Income.
3AFDC = Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding. Of total costs for transfer, administrative, and total expenditures, 67 percent is attributed to alcohol and 33 percent is attributed to drug abuse.


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