MONTREAL, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - A study conducted by SECOR on
behalf of Portage, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the
reintegration of people suffering from substance abuse back into the
community, concluded that government investments in the fight against
substance abuse have significant long term effects. It demonstrates
that if the provincial government does not provide adequate funding to
rehabilitation centres over the next 10 years, the additional
cumulative costs incurred by Québec will be $1.9 billion, with
$260 million in direct health care costs.
In 2002, costs associated with substance abuse in Québec amounted to
$1.6 billion. The majority of these costs stem from loss of
productivity (57%), law enforcement costs (28%), and health care costs
(14%). Investments in prevention and research represent a mere 1% of
"In terms of costs to the government, a person suffering from substance
abuse who goes untreated can be compared to someone with serious health
problems. All efforts to help this person in their rehabilitation and
social reintegration have significant impacts on government budgets,"
states François Bourdon, Director of the Portage Substance Abuse
Rehabilitation Centre for adults and adolescents in Prévost, near
Founded nearly 40 years ago, Portage has developed multiple
rehabilitation programs to serve different clienteles in five regions
of Québec, and in Ontario, British Columbia, and New Bruswick.
"Based on our expertise and experience, a personalised therapeutic
community approach provides excellent results for the people seeking
substance abuse rehabilitation at our centres. Using positive
psychology, the community accompanies them throughout their therapy,
while building on their strengths," explains Mr. Bourdon.
A longitudinal study on Portage's1 services, conducted between 2003 and 2008, concluded that 66% of
adolescents who attended Portage centres for six months or longer
remained sober for more than a year after having left the residential
program. The statistic is 70% for adult participants.
"Based on the finding that 57% of substance abuse-related costs in
Québec stem from loss of productivity due to illness and early death,
we can clearly see the relevance of investing in prevention and
treatment of this major societal problem," states Mr. Bourdon.
A recent survey conducted by Léger Marketing found that more than eight
out of ten Quebecers feel that drug and alcohol dependency problems are
worrisome public health issues. Half of the respondents stated that
they are affected by substance abuse-related problems in their
surroundings, and 95% asserted their belief that it is easy to get
drugs, regardless of age group or place of residence.
"Studies clearly demonstrate the importance of increased investment into
battling drug addiction and especially the significant impact of this
investment on long term government costs. Portage is ready to help the
government invest in drug addiction prevention and treatment today, to
avoid escalating health care costs tomorrow," concludes Mr. Bourdon.
Portage is one of the principal substance abuse rehabilitation service
providers in North America. The organisation has been helping people
overcome their dependency problems for over 38 years. There are six
Portage substance abuse rehabilitation centres in the province of
Québec; in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (Laurentians),
and in Saint-Malachie. Three other residential centres provide services
to adolescents in Ontario, Atlantic Canada, and British Columbia.
For more information: www.portage.ca
1IGTResearch highlights. January 2003-2008. Research Department, November
Available on the Web site: http://portage.ca/pdf/qc/Research-highlights-Portage-adolescents-Nov-2009.pdf
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