Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars & Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis (3 CE)
Course Level: Intermediate
Course By: Alden Hori, PhD
Content By: Ted R. Miller and Delia Hendrie for Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA
Course Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Course Description: Policymakers, administrators, and other professionals can use cost-benefit analysis as an informative tool for decision making for substance abuse prevention. This course focuses on the importance of supporting effective prevention programs as part of a comprehensive substance abuse prevention strategy. The following patterns of use, their attendant costs, and the potential cost savings are analyzed:
- Extent of substance abuse among youth;
- Costs of substance abuse to the Nation and to States;
- Cost savings that could be gained if effective prevention policies, programs, and services were implemented nationwide;
- Programs and policies that are most cost beneficial.
- Define cost, cost-effectiveness, and cost benefit and the assumptions underlying these concepts
- Evaluate the direct economic impact of substance abuse nationally and to States
- Evaluate the costs and benefits to preventing substance abuse on youth delaying or never using substances and cost savings
- Delineate cost-benefit analyses of specific policies and programs
Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete an online multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete an online course evaluation.