Meth's Cost to Communities
Meth Costs to Strangers
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Meth costs to businesses
$ Inventory loss and industrial theft
$ Increased insurance, security and increased workers compensation costs and claims.
$ Lower productivity of employees
$ Drug abuse related illnesses
$ Premature death of worker (addict)
$ Productivity loss of victims of addict's crimes
$ Shoplifting - especially of the key ingredients of Meth
$ University of Arkansas study shows each Meth user costs an employer an average of $47,500 every year. FULL REPORT
Meth costs to families
Meth poses tremendous risks for those living with a user. More and more often, Meth is a contributing factor in cases of domestic violence, child neglect and child abuse. For more information on how Meth use and manufacturing impacts children's lives and welfare, visit our special section on Drug Endangered Children.
Meth costs to healthcare systems
$ Hospital and ambulatory care
$ Drug exposed infants
$ Dental care
$ Hepatitis B and C
$ Crime victims' health care
$ Health care for addicts' children
$ The National Association of Counties analysis of Meth’s impact on hospitals and emergency rooms
Meth costs to taxpayers
Between state and federal funding, the average cost of having a child in foster care is $21,092. For 2005, the cost of foster care for children from a Meth-related placement averaged $3,859,836 (183x$21,092).
Other costs to taxpayers:
$ Police, Fire and EMT Departments' time and training costs
(Cost to attend a two-week long training is $4,000 a person)
$ Cost of specialized equipment
$ Hazmat suits - $50 each, discarded after one use
$ Disposable gloves - $100 per case
$ Fume detectors - $10,000 each
$ Lawyer fees - public defender starts at $74 an hour
$ Jail/prison time and costs ($30,000 per year average with minimal medical expenses. Generally, inmates who have been regular Meth users cost more due to higher dental care costs and other health issues.)
Meth costs to the environment
$ Lab clean up: Averages $5,000 to clean up each lab, but costs can run as high as $20,000
$ Toxic wastes dumped down drains, in storm sewers, in dumpsters, on the ground or along roadsides.
$ Removal of topsoil in dumpsite clean up.
Meth costs to communities
$ Increased crime, including stealing to obtain money for Meth, property damage and loss due to fires, motor vehicle accidents and assaults.
$ Land lords/home owners responsibility to clean after a lab bust, including shampooing or replacing carpets, painting or replacing drywall, cleaning or replacing appliances. For more information on these legally mandated responsibilities, visit our special section, Information for Realtors.
$ Increased pressure on schools (providing special education for Meth babies or for children living in a Meth home/lab).
$ Increased pressure on Social Services system, including in-home or therapeutic foster care placement for children taken from Meth homes/labs.
$ The National Association of Counties analysis of Meth’s impact on law enforcement and social services