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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 11:58 pm

FAIRBANKS — Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy hundreds of millions of dollars in 2010, according to a new report funded by the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health Board, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

The total estimated costs for 2010 attributable to alcohol and drug abuse was $1.2 billion, according to the study.

Costs by category included the following:

• $673.2 million in productivity losses

• $50.5 million in traffic crash costs

• $217.7 million in criminal justice and protective services

• $237.3 million in health care

• $13.2 million in public assistance and social services

The report, conducted by the McDowell Group, studied the economic impact of substance abuse on business and employers,

public safety and social services from all populations.

The report is available online at www.hhs.state.ak.us/abada.

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