Cost-Benefit Studies

Miller, T. and Hendrie, D. (2008). Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis. DHHS Pub. No. (SMA) 07-4298. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The authors reviewed prevention programs and policies, and conducted an analysis of the costs and benefits of implementing effective prevention programs nationwide. The study concluded that, if implemented nationwide, effective prevention programs could save an estimated $18 per $1 invested. With respect to LST specifically, the cost-benefit analysis indicated that LST could save even more--$21 for every $1 invested. The authors conclude that the cost of substance abuse could be offset by a nationwide implementation of effective programs and policies. The authors recommend that model programs include data on cost-benefit ratios to help guide prevention policy-makers and program planners in selecting programs suitable for their community.

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