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

Table 7.3

Economic Costs of Drug Abuse, 1992 (millions of dollars)

Total Cost Abuser and Household Total Government Private Insurance Victims of Abusers
Federal State/Local
HEALTH CARE COSTS

Drug treatment - community

$2,838 325 1,827 851 976 686  

Drug treatment - Federal

$292 292 292      

Drug prevention

$726   726 616 110    

Drug research, training

$401 401 375 26    

Drug treatment insurance admin.

$143 104 48 56 39  

Treatment of comorbidity

$5,266 976 2,233 1,690 542 1,948 108

Comorbidity insurance admin.

$265   142 107 34 123  
PRODUCTIVITY COSTS
Mortality - PDV1 life earnings @ 6% $14,527 8,204 4,459 2,542 1,917 292 1,620
Morbidity - lost earnings $15,682 8,141 7,541 5,095 2,446    
Victims of crime - lost earnings $2,059           2,059
Incarceration - inmate lost earnings $17,907 13,250 4,657 2,655 2,002    
Crime career - foregone legit. Earnings $19,198 11,655 4,992 2,846 2,147   2,551
OTHER EFFECTS ON SOCIETY
Crime - criminal justice system and property $17,970 348 17,429 4,481 12,948   193
Social welfare administration $337   337 271 66    
Motor vehicle crashes -            
Fire destruction -            
TOTAL $97,659 42,899 45,140 21,870 23,270 3,089 6,531

Source: Analysis by The Lewin Group.
Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding.
1"PDV" refers to the present discounted value of life earnings, calculated using a 6-percent discount rate.


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