Outpatient marijuana treatment for adolescents: Economic evaluation of a multisite field experiment

Michael French, M. Christopher Roebuck, Michael L. Dennis, Susan H. Godley, Howard A Liddle, Frank M. Tims

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Abstract

An economic evaluation of five outpatient adolescent treatment approaches (12 total site-by-conditions) was conducted. The economic cost of each of the 12 site-specific treatment conditions was determined by the Drug Abuse Treatment Cost Analysis Program (DATCAP). Economic benefits of treatment were estimated by first monetizing a series of treatment outcomes and then analyzing the magnitude of these monetized outcomes from baseline through the 12-month follow-up. The average economic costs ranged from $90 to $313 per week and from $839 to $3,279 per episode. Relative to the quarter before intake, the average quarterly cost to society for the next 12 months (including treatment costs) significantly declined in 4 of the 12 site-by-treatment conditions, remained unchanged in 6 conditions, and increased in 2 treatment conditions (both in the same site). These results suggest that some types of substance-abuse intervention for adolescents can reduce social costs immediately after treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-459
Number of pages39
JournalEvaluation Review
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Addiction treatment
  • Adolescent cannabis use
  • Benefit-cost analysis

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Outpatient marijuana treatment for adolescents : Economic evaluation of a multisite field experiment. / French, Michael; Roebuck, M. Christopher; Dennis, Michael L.; Godley, Susan H.; Liddle, Howard A; Tims, Frank M.

In: Evaluation Review, Vol. 27, No. 4, 01.08.2003, p. 421-459.

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French, Michael ; Roebuck, M. Christopher ; Dennis, Michael L. ; Godley, Susan H. ; Liddle, Howard A ; Tims, Frank M. / Outpatient marijuana treatment for adolescents : Economic evaluation of a multisite field experiment. In: Evaluation Review. 2003 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 421-459.
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