Opioid Addiction and Pets and Math

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?)


Source: arithmetic.


One thought on “Opioid Addiction and Pets and Math

  1. It’s hard to “like” such a grim recitation of facts. However, if your point is that the world is screwed up and people are nuts, it’s undisputed.

    There’s a lot about existentialism that doesn’t resonate with me, but there’s one concept that does: “existential courage.” We all need it. The world’s not going to change. We have to. We can either let the pain and horror overcome us, or we can push back against it and insist on the value of life. It’s our choice.

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