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Substance Abuse cost N.H. $1.85 billion in 2012

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The startling cost of substance abuse has a new number. Researchers have calculated that substance abuse cost the state of New Hampshire $1.85 billion during 2012.

Most of the cost came from reduced employee productivity and employee absenteeism. Medical costs, treatment facilities and criminal justice related costs all contributed as well, according to an article in The Concord Monitor

"These numbers matter," said Tricia Lucas, advocacy director for New Futures, the organization that compiled the report. "Our point here is that this is an enormous, enormous drag on the economy because of the number of people who are misusing substances, when misuse has a significant impact on the state's economy."

 

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