The Economic Impact of Illicit Drug Use on American Society

This 2011 U.S. Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center report-- prepared by Carnevale Associates, LLC. and Simeone Associates, Inc.-- examines the economic cost of illicit drug use in America, concluding that such use cost the U.S. $193 billion in 2007.  

The report examines costs in three areas:

  • Crime: Criminal Justice System Costs, Crime Victim Costs, Other Crime Costs
  • Health: Specialty Treatment Costs, Hospital and ER Costs for Non-Homicide Cases, Hospital and ER Costs for Homicide Cases, Insurance Administration Costs, Other Health Costs
  • Productivity: Labor Participation Costs, State Level Specialty Treatment Service Costs, Federal Level Specialty Treatment Service Costs, Hospitalization Costs, Incarceration Costs, Premature Mortality (Non-Homicide) Costs, Premature Mortality (Homicide) Costs

Download the PDF: "The Economic Impact of Illicit Drug Use on American Society"

Original Publication: April 2011

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