PART ONE: How Much Does Opioid Treatment Cost?
Although the price for opioid treatment may vary based on a number of factors, recent preliminary cost estimates from the U.S. Department of Defense for treatment in a certified opioid treatment program (OTP) provide a reasonable basis for comparison:methadone treatment, including medication and integrated psychosocial and medical support services (assumes daily visits): $126.00 per week or $6,552.00 per year
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
PART TWO: How much do Americans spend each year on pets?
The APPA found that in 2016 U.S. pet owners are expected to spend $62.75 billion on their furry (or scaly) friends.
Source: Aug 26, 2016 – Fortune Magazine
PART THREE: How many Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016?
It calculated that 59,000 to 65,000 people died of overdoses last year, with a harder, but likely imprecise, number of 62,497.
Source: Vox magazine, New York Times
PART FOUR:What is 62.75 billion divided by 6,552?
(i.e. if we took the money we spent on pets and spent it on opioid addicts how many could we treat?)