“Background: How valuable is public investment in treatment for drug abuse and dependency in the real world of everyday practice? Does drug abuse treatment provide benefits and how are they valued? What are the costs of obtaining outcomes and benefits? Cost–benefit analysis attempts to answer these questions in a standard analytic framework.
Aims: This paper reviews cost–benefit analyses with scientific merit so that analysts will have a current picture of the state of
the research. It will also give public decision-makers information with regards to the available evidence for policy purposes.”