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Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy:
Is Drug Addiction Treatment Worth Its Cost?
Drug addiction treatment is cost-effective in reducing drug use and its associated health and social costs. Treatment is less expensive than alternatives, such as not treating addicts or simply incarcerating addicts. For example, the average cost for 1 full year of methadone maintenance treatment is approximately $4,700 per patient, whereas 1 full year of imprisonment costs approximately $18,400 per person.
According to several conservative estimates, every $1 invested in addiction
treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related
crime, criminal justice costs, and theft alone. When savings related
to health care are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio
of 12 to 1. Major savings to the individual and society also come from
significant drops in interpersonal conflicts, improvements in workplace
productivity, and reductions in drug-related accidents.
What is Amphetamine Addiction?
Viewed in some circles as the less-threatening "little brother" of the dangerous and highly addictive crystal meth, amphetamine remains a significant threat to the adolescents and adults who use the drug in misguided attempts to fight off fatigue, enhance concentration, or gain a competitive edge in an athletic event.
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