Illegal drug use in the U.S. is estimated to have cost the economy more than $193 billion in 2007, according to a government study.
The study says the cost of illegal drug use is comparable with diabetes, which a 2008 government study said cost more than $174 billion each year.
“This study shows the economic cost of illicit drug use is significant,” said Michael F. Walther, director of the drug intelligence center, in a statement. “This nation’s drug problem is on par with other health problems.”
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