Addiction costs New Hampshire well over $2 billion a year

Addiction costs the state of New Hampshire more than $2 billion a year, according to a report by an economist commissioned by a recovery organization.

In 2014 alone, the costs included $1.56 billion in productivity losses caused by impaired workers and addicted workers who dropped out of the labor force altogether. In addition, New Hampshire spent $337 million that year on medical care for problems related to addiction, and another $306 million on drug-related criminal justice expenses.

Imagine if just a fraction of that $2 billion were spent to provide proactive treatment for addicts, instead of on cleaning up the mess afterward!

Source: New Hampshire Union Leader. Click here for full article.