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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

f the nationwide initiative Family Day--A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Children(TM) -- the fourth Monday in September -- the 28th in 2009 -- that promotes parental engagement as a simple and effective way to reduce children's risk of smoking, drinking and using illegal drugs. In May 2007, CASA's Chairman Joseph A. Califano, Jr., called for a fundamental shift in the nation's attitude about substance abuse and addiction with publication of his book, HIGH SOCIETY: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What To Do About It. In August 2009, Mr. Califano's book, How to Raise a Drug Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents, will be published by Simon & Schuster's Touchstone/Fireside Division. For more information visit www.casacolumbia.org.

(1)Due to data limitations, this does not include local spending on prevention, treatment, research, or taxation/regulation of alcohol and tobacco.

*The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University is neither affiliated with, nor sponsored by, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (also known as "CASA") or any of its member organizations, or any other organizations with the name of "CASA".

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