$1.2 Billion spent on alcohol and drug abuse

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 25, 2012

Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy $1.2 billion in 2010, according to a report released today by the research and consulting firm, McDowell Group.

The total estimated costs by category include:
-$673.2 million in productivity losses,
-$50.5 million in traffic crash costs,
-$217.7 million in criminal justice and protective services,
-237.3 million in health care, and
-$13.2 million in public assistance and social services.

The report was funded by the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health Board, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

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