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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 02:54 PM

9. Perhaps if Math isn't your strong suit.

1970 population: 203,392,031
1% = 2,033,920
Spending = $500,000,000.00 (est)
Spending per addict: $246

2010 Population: 308,745,538
1.25% = 4,631,183
Spending = $20 Billion
Spending per addict: $4,318

OH MY GOD, RIGHT??

Except that your chart is bullshit:

"In 2010, an estimated 22.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 8.9 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month." -NIMH

SO, the actual numbers are:

2010 Population: 308,745,538
8.9 = 22,600,000
Spending = $20 Billion
Spending per addict: $884

OH MY GOD IT'S ALMOST FOUR TIMES AS MUCH!

Oh, except when you figure for inflation:

"What cost $246 in 1970 would cost $1365.63 in 2010."

So we are actually spending $481 LESS per addict than we did in 1970 (adjusted for inflation, of course.)

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