Substance abuse & its consequences: 22% of state budget

Picture 13According to a new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 22% of the Massachusetts state budget is spent on substance abuse and addiction, and its consequences. Less than 1% of that goes to prevention (click on fact sheet to enlarge). The research supports what practitioners know first-hand: upfront investments pay big dividends. Whether you want to reduce the burden on taxpayers, or the destabilizing effects of substance abuse for individuals, families, and communities, it’s time to reallocate resources. (Thanks to James Florek of the Springfield Substance Abuse Policy Institute for referring me to the Join Together coverage of this report.)

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