Cost of Substance Abuse

Cost of Substance Abuse

Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care.

Substance Healthcare Overall
Tobacco $130 billion $295 billion
Alcohol $25 billion $224 billion
Illicit Drugs $11 billion $193 billion

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC)