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Drug Abuse Comes with Different Costs

Drug Abuse and Drug Overdose - The Bergand Group

There is an enormous cost of lives to drug overdose in the United States right now, a problem that has been acknowledged, but not adequately addressed. In particular, the literal cost, the money spent in all areas of drug abuse, has proven to be much higher than most people even realize.”

Spending Distribution and Drug Abuse in America

“Taking into account the staggering costs associated with criminal justice, treatment and loss of productivity, we estimate that the real cost of America’s drug epidemic exceeds $1 trillion.” That number is nothing to sneeze at. Our nation has a lot of difficult in various areas of finance, but his one is not often given attention. Of course, depending on the state of our government and how much change is enacted – or resisted – the amount of spending in this arena can rise even higher.

As the number of drug overdose deaths rise over time, so too does the cost. Of course, there is no equivalent price to the loss of life, but the less money that we have to combat these issues and to provide help for those who are suffering, the more loss there will be. Of course, this not only includes “illicit” drug use, but overdoses that began from legal allocations, such as prescription pill abuse. The largest expenditure associated with all of this is “criminal justice and incarceration” at about half of the total costs.

In case you’re wondering, treatment actually does not take up anything close to a substantial amount of the budget spent on drug abuse-related tasks and sits at around 6%. This is an extremely low number, especially considering the scope of the issue and the significance of getting help for these patients. Along these same lines, more money should be contributed toward prevention of future addiction, along with efforts toward “educating the public about the addictive potential of some prescription medications.”

Where do these changes begin? Certainly at the governmental level, where they hold the power to allocate funds and to vote on laws that can help to ease current situations and prevent people from suffering from a drug overdose in the future. Also, though, a lot needs to change in the offices of the doctors who provide legal prescriptions that later become deadly. Patients need to know from the beginning the risks associated with certain pills, and their health care providers need to have frank conversations about the consequences. Without open dialogue and increased education, it isn’t likely that the current state of drug abuse in America will improve.

The real problem with the kind of spending that is being done is that it isn’t focused on the right areas. More than half of this money goes to the criminal justice aspects of the process, but this won’t help to heal those who are currently suffering or to stop people from developing addictions in the future. “The abuse of drugs has wide-reaching implications for the U.S. economy,” but an overhaul of how this money is spent is necessary. We have to help those in our country who need it the most, rather than treating them like criminals.

If you or someone you care about needs help recovering from drug use or abuse to avoid potential drug overdose, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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