$1 Spent on Prevention Saves $10, Study Says

Investing in addiction prevention programs yields a 10-1 return for society, according to researchers from Iowa State University (ISU) who studied the Iowa Strengthening Families Program and the Life Skills Training Program.

Researchers Richard Spoth, Ph.D., and Max Guyll, Ph.D. detailed findings from the “Prevention’s Cost Effectiveness: Illustrative Economic Benefits of General Population Interventions” and “Prevention of Substance-related Problems: Effectiveness of Family-focused Prevention” studies for a conference sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization.

“Effective and efficient prevention promises to save possibly billions of dollars per year, provided we can learn how to effectively implement it on a larger scale,” said Spoth, director of ISU’s Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI)

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$1 Spent on Prevention Saves $10, Study Says

Investing in addiction prevention programs yields a 10-1 return for society, according to researchers from Iowa State University (ISU) who studied the Iowa Strengthening Families Program and the Life Skills Training Program.


Researchers Richard Spoth, Ph.D., and Max Guyll, Ph.D. detailed findings from the “Prevention's Cost Effectiveness: Illustrative Economic Benefits of General Population Interventions” and “Prevention of Substance-related Problems: Effectiveness of Family-focused Prevention” studies for a conference sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization.


“Effective and efficient prevention promises to save possibly billions of dollars per year, provided we can learn how to effectively implement it on a larger scale,” said Spoth, director of ISU's Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI)

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