Costs of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in the Canadian Criminal Justice System

 


We reviewed literature to estimate the costs of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the Canadian Criminal Justice System (CJS), and to update the total costs of FASD in Canada. The results suggest FASD is costlier than previous estimates. The costs of FASD associated with the CJS are estimated at $3.9 billion a year, with $1.2 billion for police, $0.4 billion for court, $0.5 billion for correctional services, $1.6 billion for victims, and $0.2 billion for third-party. The updated total costs of FASD in Canada are $9.7 billion a year, of which CJS accounts for 40%, healthcare 21%, education 17%, social services 13%, and others 9%.

Publication Type: Journal Articles

Year of Publication: 2015

Topics: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Authors: Thanh Nguyen, Egon Jonsson

ISSN (online): 1710-6222

Journal Title: Journal of population therapeutics and clinical pharmacology

Volume: 22

Issue: 1

Pages: e125-e131