$78.5 Billion… that’s with a “B”

“The total economic burden is estimated to be $78.5 billion. Over one third of this amount is due to increased health care and substance abuse treatment costs ($28.9 billion). Approximately one quarter of the cost is borne by the public sector in health care, substance abuse treatment, and criminal justice costs.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27623005).