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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Drug abuse costs the United States economy hundreds of billions of dollars in increased health care costs, crime, and lost productivity.

Estimated Economic Cost to Society from Substance Abuse and Addiction

The total costs of drug abuse and addiction due to use of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs are estimated at $524 billion a year. Illicit drug use alone accounts for $181 billion in health care, productivity loss, crime, incarceration and drug enforcement.

This page was last updated July 2008

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - The Science of Addiction

As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.

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