Teen violence and drug abuse is OUR problem,
And it is affecting us financially…
The CDC has identified a few direct and indirect costs associated with teen violence. These costs take into account tangible medical costs, but also the intangible costs associated with lost productivity and reduction in quality of life:
- Total direct and indirect costs of teen violence is more than $158 billion per year.
- Nationwide, 5.9% of teens missed school during the previous 30 days due to feelings of insecurity regarding being at school or traveling to and from school.
- Healthcare costs increase in communities with teen violence.
- Costs arise from injury and death, such as medical care and funeral expenses.
- Decreasing property values affect areas with high incidents of teen violence, impacting both longtime residents and new residents.