Prevention Benefits

Research over the last two decades has proven that drug and alcohol addiction is both preventable and treatable.

Cost Benefit studies indicate that $1 spent on substance abuse prevention can result in $10 of long-term savings.

The positive outcomes from successful substance abuse prevention efforts are many.

  • Fewer drug abuse-related emergency room visits,
  • Increased productivity,
  • Improved job stability,
  • Fewer unemployment episodes,
  • Lower rates of violent crime,
  • Prevention of DUI injuries to others,
  • Better family interaction,
  • Reduced juvenile delinquency,
  • Fewer incidents of family violence,
  • Improved school attendance and academic achievement, and
  • Better health outcomes.

 Research has shown that a broad array of evidence-based programs can effectively prevent substance abuse, promote mental health, and prevent related health and social problems by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.


Source: CASAColumbia. (2009). Shoveling up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets.

Costs of Prevention: Evidence and Reports

The CASA ReportShoveling Up II - The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets
The CASA report assesses the gap between the amount that is spent on ATOD prevention, treatment, and research, relative to what ATOD-related problems cost us as a society.  Mostly data are at the national level, although some are provided by state. 

Underage Drinking Costs

Link here to see what the costs of underage drinking are in Vermont.