Sinful costs

June 26, 2009 

Raising taxes on alcohol and tobacco for schools, roads, etc. might play well with the church crowd but does not really address the real "sin" -- that alcoholism and drug addiction are treatable illnesses costing far more to ignore than to treat!

Substance abuse and addiction cost federal, state and local governments at least $467.7 billion in 2005, according to "Shoveling Up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets," a new 287-page report released on May 28 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Think about it.

Worth Bolton

Raleigh

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