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New CASA* Report Finds Federal, State and Local Governments Spend Almost Half a Trillion Dollars a Year on Substance Abuse and Addiction
Date:5/27/2009

hoveling up the consequences of substance abuse and addiction.

"Despite a significant and growing body of knowledge documenting that addiction is a preventable, treatable and manageable disease, and despite the proven efficacy of prevention and treatment techniques, our nation still looks the other way while substance abuse and addiction cause illness, injury, death and crime, savage our children, overwhelm social service systems, impede education -- and slap a heavy and growing tax on our citizens," said Susan E. Foster, CASA's Vice President and Director of Policy Research and Analysis.

CASA Call for Action

The report details cost effective methods to reverse these spending patterns and reduce human suffering. To stop the hemorrhage of public funds to shovel up the wreckage of substance abuse and addiction, the CASA report offers specific recommendations in its call for actions by federal, state and local governments in several areas:

  • Prevention and early intervention,
  • Treatment and disease management,
  • Tax and regulatory policies, and
  • Expanded research.

CASA is the only national organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat all types of substance abuse as they affect all aspects of society. CASA and its staff of more than 50 professionals has issued 68 reports and white papers, published two books, conducted demonstration programs focused on children, families and schools at 233 sites in 88 cities and counties in 35 states, Washington, DC and two Native American reservations, held 18 conferences attended by professionals and others from 49 states, and has been evaluating the effectiveness of drug and alcohol treatment in a variety of programs and drug courts. CASA is the creator o
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SOURCE The National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse
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