Friday, March 26, 2010

Substance Abuse treatment saves taxpayers money

Does substance abuse treatment save money for the tax payers? Absolutely! The savings are very signficant.

According to a study in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in 1999 the cost savings of methadone detoxification for opiate addicts was very large.

In New York State the costs of incarceration which average about $35,000 per year are greatly reduced when drug problems are dealt with through treatment rather than through lengthy incarceration. GCASA's data shows a big reduction in re-arrests for people who have received treatment here.

This is article #2 in a series on the benefits of substance abuse treatment.

1 comment:

Uncommon Sense said...

re-arrests are not a valid criteria.. most of the people go back to the same after detox

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