Economic burden of drug dependency. Social costs incurred by drug users at intake to the National Treatment Outcome Research Study.

@article{Healey1998EconomicBO,
  title={Economic burden of drug dependency. Social costs incurred by drug users at intake to the National Treatment Outcome Research Study.},
  author={Andrew R Healey and Martin Knapp and Jack Astin and Michael Gossop and John Marsden and Duncan Stewart and Peter Lehmann and Christine Godfrey},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  year={1998},
  volume={173},
  pages={
          160-5
        }
}
BACKGROUND The use of illegal drugs is seen as a major social problem. The social costs can be high. METHODS Self-report data from interviews at intake to the National Treatment Outcome Research Study (NTORS) for 1075 drug users and cost data from various sources were used to estimate criminal behaviour and health and addiction service costs for a 12-month period. Multivariate statistical analysis was used to analyse cost variations. RESULTS Total costs for one year for the drug users… CONTINUE READING

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