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March 26, 2014 1:24 AM

Communities that Care: Mountaintop event to raise awareness of region’s drug, alcohol issues

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance use and abuse impose a large economic cost to society. Reports estimate this economic cost to at about $559 billion annually and include spending related to drug enforcement, incarceration, crime, productivity loss and health care. The Office of National Drug Control Policy echoes the harmful and negative consequences of substance use and abuse on the U.S. economy by citing turnover, absenteeism and school performance as additional areas of economic impact.

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