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Title: Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Mental Illness: 1985
Author(s): Dorothy P. Rice; Sander Kelman; Leonard S. Miller; Sarah Dunmeyer
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 307
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
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Contract Number: 283-87-0007
Publication Number: (ADM) 90-1694
Sale Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the results of a study to measure the possible economic costs to society due to alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and mental illness.
Abstract: Major findings from the study include: in 1985, total economic costs of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and mental illness (ADM) was approximately $218.1 billion; mental illness accounted for 48 percent of the total costs, followed by alcohol abuse (32 percent) and drug abuse (20 percent); direct treatment and support costs accounted for 24 percent of the total, followed by morbidity costs (37 percent) and mortality costs (16 percent); and core costs (costs directly related to the treatment and support of persons with ADM disorders) amounted to $168 billion in 1985, with mental illness accounting for 59 percent, alcohol abuse accounting for 35 percent, and drug abuse accounting for 6 percent. This report presents the results of a study to measure the possible economic costs to society due to ADM disorders. The study had four primary objectives: measure the possible economic costs to society due to ADM disorders by estimating the economic costs for 1985; update previous cost estimates on the basis of comprehensive data sources and improved methodology; develop an improved methodological approach to deal with the important issues of comorbidity and overlap of ADM disorders; and conduct a review of the literature on the economic costs of illness, with emphasis on studies related to ADM. Tables, figures, references, and appendixes
Main Term(s): Drug Use Indicators
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Criminal justice statistics; Drug abuse; Drug use; Economic influences; Mental illness-crime relationships; Socioeconomic causes of delinquency
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