Answer to Yesterday’s Question

No one guessed the answer exactly, but those who guessed below $1 came very close.  The answer is: 60 cents.  Out of all 50 states (+DC and Puerto Rico), Alabama ranked in the bottom five, according to a report released by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.  Connecticut, Kentucky, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Oregon were ranked in the top five on prevention, treatment, and research spending, ranging from $5.50 to $10.39 of every $100 spent.  The report, Shoveling Up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets, is an eye-opening read and may be found here.

So, where does Alabama spend the rest of that $100?  Here’s the breakdown:

For Every $100.00 Federal and State Governments Spend on Substance Abuse and Addiction:

Amount Spent on Prevention, Treatment and Research: 60 cents

Amount Spent on Burden to Public Programs: $83.61

Burden to Public Programs includes “spending to carry the burden of substance abuse and addiction in government programs including health, child/family/housing assistance, public safety, justice, elementary/secondary education, mental health, developmental disabilities and workforce.”

Spending related to taxation and regulationof tobacco and alcohol and operation of stateand local liquor stores:  $15.79*

* Report notes that Alabama is “one of 18 designated alcohol control states where state operates liquor stores. Total liquor store expenditures in these states in 2005 were $4.4 billion; total liquor store revenues were $5.6 billion.”



One Response

  1. Man. Those figures are utterly disappointing.

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