Substance abuse treatment has been show to save $7.46 in jail costs, court costs, etc., for every $1 spent. By the latest calculation, over 4.3 million Americans - age 12 and over - have received treatment for substance abuse. Just to give a frame of reference, in the 2010 Census, Kentucky reported having just over 4.3 million people.

    It is estimated that less than 10% of people who have a substance abuse problem receive treatment. The 90% are untreated. The cost of untreated substance abuse exceeds $300 BILLION each year. Costs to businesses are estimated to be $100 billion annually, including increased accidents, increased health care costs, and lost productivity. These costs are passed by business on to the consumers of their products and services – us!

    For every federal and state dollar spent on managing the consequences of addiction, on 1.9 cents are spend on prevention and treatment – with less than one-fourth of that being spent on prevention. In terms of dollars, for every $1 spent on prevention and treatment directly, state and federal government spends $60 in public programs that respond to the consequences of substance abuse.

    Recovery truly benefits us all!  Recovery is possible! Help us celebrate recovery in Rowan County by coming to Recovery Rally on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1-4 p.m. at Morehead City Park. There will be free food, speakers, information booths, and music and games for entertainment. Come join your voice to ours to support recovery in Rowan County.

    Also this month, Rowan UNITE will be hosting a CAMP meeting. CAMP stands for Community Awareness of Medicine Program. At this program, participants will learn about how prescription pain medications affect the brain and how addiction affects the brain. Additionally, you can learn what your rights are as a patient to obtain assistance in managing your pain with these medications. CAMP will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7-9 p.m. at the Center for Health, Education, and Research, (CHER building), on Second Street.

    If you are interested in getting involved, Rowan UNITE meets the fourth Monday of every month.Our next meeting is Monday, Sept. 26, at noon at the Carl Perkins Center.

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