Treating Addiction Cuts Health Care Costs: Let’s Put Our Money Where The Savings Are

The national debate on health care reform has overlooked an area of vast potential savings—the treatment of substance abuse. Untreated or under-treated substance abusers are world-class consumers of health care dollars; they are repeat customers, who crowd emergency rooms and overwhelm clinics. A recent study by CASA, Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance…