This potentially game-changing study quantifies the economic value that faith-based programs bring to drug prevention and treatment. We plan to do a more complete analysis of the report’s findings but wanted to make it available sooner rather than later as it was recently widely announced.
Minimally, the report highlights the importance of supporting public policies that encourage a healthy, broad spectrum of drug abuse prevention and treatment programs. The study finds that faith-based programs contribute more than $300 billion in savings to the U.S. economy related to drug addiction. Policies which mandate Medication Assisted Treatment to the exclusion of other approaches could endanger that contribution and thereby worsen the crisis.
We believe the report’s findings suggest that the impact of faith-based programs should be part of all public policy discussions and decisions. This is not to say governments should violate First Amendment separation of Church and State, but it does say that the health benefits of faith-based programs should be routinely taken into consideration.