Resource To Help Decisionmakers Choose Cost-Effective Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis is a SAMHSA report designed to help policymakers and other stakeholders use the results of cost-benefit analysis as an information tool for decision-making and for selecting the substance abuse prevention programs that address their needs, given available resources.

The report states the Botvin LifeSkills Training program has a cost-benefit ratio of 21:1 and yields net benefits of $4,380 per pupil. Cost benefit is defined in this report as the ratio between expenditures to deliver a program and the reduced social costs over time as a result.

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