The video link below will take you to one of the more convincing and graphic ones that I have seen to help convince anyone on the harms of smoking.
To all my Summit peeps,
Near the end of this last Summit, Nicole Ellington-do you know her?, she’s Eastern Clinical Coordinator for NC’s Lawyer Assistance Program—sat down and convinced me to add a page to the website. Consider it a branch of our sub-committee; Research/Toolkit Creation.
What we are creating is simply a list of links to studies/research/data that supports how Recovery “makes” society money. Recovery (and therefore all the things which lead to, grow and support recovery) are “cost-efficient” for society. People in recovery generally contribute to society. Money invested is money earned. We want to champion and make it easy for people to see that.
I’ve been blessed to see these programs up-close so I went and rounded-up some data I am personally familiar with. BUT-HEY-you may know of similar studies/data yourself.
The societal cost of alcohol misuse is $249 billion, and for illicit drug use it is $193 billion. What we cannot quantify is the human toll on individuals, families, and communities affected not only by addiction, but also by alcohol and drug-related crime, violence, abuse, and child neglect.
Though this challenge is daunting, there is much reason to be hopeful. That's because we know how to solve the problem. We know that prevention works, treatment is effective, and recovery is possible for everyone. We know that we cannot incarcerate our way out of this situation; instead, we need to apply an evidence-based public health approach that brings together all sectors of our society to end this crisis. And we know that addiction is not a moral failing. It is a chronic illness that must be treated with skill, urgency, and compassion."