Just SOME The Facts: Benefits of Treatment and Prevention

Benefits of Treatment and Prevention

  • Every dollar spent on treatment leads to a $7.46 reduction in crime related expenses and lost productivity. When health care savings are added in, every $1 invested in treatment for addiction yields a total return of $12 saved.

  • Treatment of all addicts would save more than $150 billion dollars in social costs over the next 15 years

  • Treatment is 15-17 times more effective than prison. For every crime that incarceration would eliminate, treatment would eliminate 15. 

  • $7 is saved in health care costs and social costs for each dollar spent on treatment, a savings of over $1.5 billion dollars in health care alone per year. 

  • Incarcerating an adult for one year costs $37,000. Residential treatment costs an average of $14,000 and outpatient care averages $2,300 to $5000.

  • If only 10% of the 1.2 million inmates who are addicts (opposed to the 200,000 who are convicted drug dealers) were successfully treated, the economic benefit in the first year of work after release would be $8.6 billion - the benefit would continue to increase more than $8 billion per year. 

  • In 1995, the average annual costs of treatment for employees was $26.59 for company programs and $21.47 for outside services, significantly less than the average cost of $50,000 to terminate, recruit, hire, and train replacement workers.

  • The 1996, National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study, found that among 5,700 individuals treated in publicly-funded treatment programs, significant improvements were made
    one year after treatment was completed: 

    • employment increase 18.7%

    • welfare dependence decreased 10.7%

    • domestic violence decreased 77.6%

    • and shoplifting decreased 81.6%

  • A report by the Arizona Supreme Court estimated that the state's program to treat non-violent drug offenders rather than imprison them, saved more than $2.5 million in the first year.

  • A 1995 Cornell University study of 6,000 junior high students in New York state, found that students who participate in a Life Skills prevention program are 40% less likely to drink or use drugs than those who do not participate.

  • At $150.00 per student, a nation wide school based program for prevention and Life Skills training would cost about $550 million a year for all 3.75 million children reaching 7th grade. This is only a fraction of the $40 billion spent on drug control each year.

  • Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to become alcoholic than those who don't start drinking until age 21. The risk for lifetime alcoholism decreases by 8% with each additional year of abstinence beyond age 21.

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  • Great post!  Thanks for all of these statistics.  I have been an advocate of putting addicts into rehabilitation instead of prison for a long time now.  I do not know why they don't when this data is obviously present.
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