The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) released a report on how communities reap dramatic savings from using effective drug abuse and violence prevention programs. One such prevention program, the top-rated Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST), was shown to have produced a $38 benefit for every dollar invested. The report showed a number of effective prevention programs with a return on investment and LST had the highest ROI “in terms of reduced correction costs, welfare and social services burden, drug and mental health treatment; and increased employment and tax revenue.”
Developer of the LST program, Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, said “A relatively small upfront investment can yield tremendous health and economic benefits in terms of both the immediate- and long-term positive effects our program has on the students who participate in it.”
In the mid-1990s, WSIPP began to identify “evidence-based” programs that showed improved outcomes. The state of Washington continues to invest in several programs that have proven results in terms of benefit-cost and show favorable outcomes, including LST.
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