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The Economic Impact Of Substance Abuse In N.H.

Joe Shlabotnik

On top of individual suffering, a recent report finds alcohol and drugs also take a toll on workforce productivity and the state’s fiscal well-being -- to the tune of nearly two billion dollars.  The authors say policy makers and business leaders should consider addressing this as way to help bolster the state’s economy.


  • Brian Gottlob - principle of PolEcon Research, a firm with a focus on economic and public policy issues.
  • Timothy Rourke - Director of Program for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs.
  • Linda Saunders-Paquette - executive director of New Futures, a nonprofit organization devoted to reducing the impact of substance abuse in New Hampshire.
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