Marcella Sorg, along with Anne Rogers of the State of Maine Office of Substance Abuse and recent UMaine graduate Jamie Wren recently completed a report on the economic cost of substance abuse to the State of Maine in 2010. The total cost for that year is estimated at $1.4 billion, a 56% increase over the 2005 cost. The report, which updates previous reports done for 2000 and 2005, focuses on a broad range of indicators of substance abuse cost, including treatment, mortality, morbidity, medical care, and crime. The report is entitled “The Cost of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Maine, 2010″ and can be found at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs/osa/pubs/data/2013/Cost2010-final%20Apr%2010%2013.pdf
Marcella Sorg is a Research Associate Professor of Anthropology, Climate Change and Public Policy and a staff member at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.