October 27, 2017

THE SOCIAL COSTS OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN AUSTRALIA

The National Drug Research Institute has published a report titled "The Social Costs of Methamphetamine in Australia 2013 / 14."  The report considers the costs to the community of the estimated 160 000 dependent methamphetamine users, along with 108 000 non-dependent users.  It included consideration of the costs associated with prevention, supply reduction, harm reduction and treatment programs that target the use of methamphetamine.  Within these domains were costs associated with premature mortality, crime, child maltreatment, motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents and productivity and more.  The total costs are estimated to be just over $5 billion dollars.

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