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Study: Substance misuse cost Alaska about $3.5 billion

Importing cheaper prescription drugs to Florida was one of the most hotly contested fights of the 2019 legislative session. (Tom Varco/ CC BY-SA 3.0)
Importing cheaper prescription drugs to Florida was one of the most hotly contested fights of the 2019 legislative session. (Tom Varco/ CC BY-SA 3.0)(WJHG)
Published: Feb. 1, 2020 at 4:07 PM AKST
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A yearlong study has shown substance misuse in Alaska cost the state about $3.5 billion in 2018 in resulting health care, productivity loss, criminal justice, traffic accidents and other services.

Juneau Empire reported Friday that the study found that $2.4 billion was related to alcohol abuse and $1.1 billion was related to drug abuse.

Officials say drug and alcohol use can lead to interactions with law enforcement and emergency services, which each have associated costs.

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