Financial Cost of Drug Addiction
Drugs wreak havoc on users’ bodies, but the cost of drugs goes beyond health. The Financial Cost of Drug Addiction video infographic
explores the cost of drug use on society. For example, more than 51% of federal prisoners are incarcerated due to drug related offenses.
Even more astounding, is that in 2010 the government spent $15 billion on the War on Drugs, which is nearly $500 per second.
Alarmingly, the combined government and tax payer bill for imprisoning and paroling drug users is more than $70 billion dollars per year.
The remainder of the infographic provides information on alternative drug treatment options in lieu of incarceration.