A Washington Study on the Economic Impacts of Evidence-Based Treatment

Evidence-based Treatment of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Disorders: Potential Benefits, Costs, and Fiscal Impacts for Washington State / June 2006. (WSIPP Report # 06-06-3901)

This report from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy was written at the reqest of the Washington State Legislature to help estimate whether evidence-based treatment offered economic advantages, and if so what the fiscal savings would be to the state and residents of Washington. Findings indicate:
1. Evidence-based treatment works.
2. The economics look attractive.
3. The potential is significant.

View the report at http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/rptfiles/06-06-3901.pdf

Methamphetamine remains number one drug problem according to new survey of the nation’s counties

Source: NaCo Press Release,

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – County law enforcement officials across 44 states reported that methamphetamine remains the number one drug problem in their county, according to a new survey released today by the National Association of Counties (NACo) … The survey, “The Methamphetamine Epidemic:  The Criminal Effect of Meth on Communities,” was conducted by NACo to determine the effect of methamphetamine abuse on counties and their residents and to raise public awareness of the meth epidemic.

National Synthetic Drug Control Strategy Released

Source: CESAR FAX V15, July 17, 2006

In June, 2006 the Office of National Drug Control Policy issued its first-ever national Synthetic Drug Control Strategy, noting that “the unique nature of illicit markets for synthetic drugs warrants a targeted response” (p. 1). The primary goals of the strategy are to reduce methamphetamine use and prescription drug abuse by 15% by 2008 and to reduce the number of domestic methamphetamine laboratories by 25% by 2008. Recognizing that “state and local partners are crucial in carrying out the Administration’s strategy for the synthetic drug problem” (p. 19), the strategy also offers a ten point plan for helping state and local governments fight synthetic drugs (see below).

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Early Alcohol Users Five Times More Likely to Be Alcohol Dependent in

Source: CESAR Fax, July 31, 2006

“Early alcohol use increases the likelihood of developing alcohol dependence at a later age, according to an analysis of data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Nearly one-half (47%) of persons who began drinking before age 14 were alcohol dependent at some point in their lifetime, and 13% were dependent in the past year, compared to 9% and 2%, respectively, of those who began drinking after age 20. Early drinking was also related to higher rates of dependence
within 10 years of onset of drinking and dependence before age 25 (data not shown). These findings held after controlling for family history of alcohol and other relevant factors, suggesting that “this relationship may not be solely a by-product of greater risk-taking behavior among early drinkers reflected by tobacco or drug use or predisposing psychological characteristics or disorders” (p. 743).

Adapted by CESAR from Hingson, R.W., Heeren, T., and Winter, M.R. “Age at Drinking Onset and Alcohol Dependence,” Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 160(7):739-746, 2006”

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Early Drinking Linked to Higher Lifetime Alcoholism Risk

Source: NIH News Release, 7/3/2006

“Data from a survey of 43,000 U.S. adults heighten concerns that early alcohol use, independent of other risk factors, may contribute to the risk of developing future alcohol problems. Those who began drinking in their early teens were not only at greater risk of developing alcohol dependence at some point in their lives, they were also at greater risk of developing dependence more quickly and at younger ages, and of developing chronic, relapsing dependence. Among all respondents who developed alcoholism at some point, almost half (47 percent) met the diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence (alcoholism) by age 21.”

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