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

Table 5.2

Total Number of Deaths and Economic Costs for Premature Mortalities Attributed to Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1992

  Deaths Economic Cost
(millions of dollars)

Alcohol abuse

107,360 $31,327

Drug abuse

25,493 $14,575
TOTAL 132,853 $45,902

Note: Components may not sum to totals because of rounding. Economic cost is the present discounted value of expected lifetime market plus nonmarket productivity, discounted by 6 percent. Estimates are also presented later in this section for 3-percent and 4-percent discount rates.

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