COSTS OF DRUG ABUSE
Addiction is extremely costly on an individual and societal level. Investing in programs that educate people, treat addicts, prevent the spread of drugs, and help recovering addicts reintegrate into society are all programs whose benefits far outweigh their costs.
It’s time we abandoned any old thinking that drug and alcohol abuse only affects the poor and economically unfortunate. In this day and age, drug addiction spreads rampant through all income levels, demographics, ages, ethnicities, geographic areas, etc.