Impose minimum $1.00 tax on Indiana alcohol sales to fund non-profit addiction treatment.

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Residents of Indiana,

          We propose a $1.00 tax on all Indiana sales of alcoholic beverages with less than 10% alcohol content, as well as an additional $1.00 tax ($2.00 total) on all Indiana sales of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of 10% or higher. This tax would be used to directly fund substance abuse and addiction treatment programs at local not-for-profit agencies in Indiana. By imposing this tax, these agencies will be able to serve a wider population and make their services more accessible to the general public. The extra funding will help to offset costs and reduce prices for services, allowing individuals with lower incomes to be able to afford services and receive treatment for their addictions.

          This tax would help make households stronger and communities safer, and the funds will be coming directly from taxes placed on the sale of products that are partially responsible for individuals needing substance abuse and addiction treatment. With each product purchased, the consumer will be helping to fund programs that seek to help individuals who are experiencing addiction with the same product. As individuals receive treatment, alcohol-related deaths will decrease in response to less alcohol being consumed by those who will then have access to services, and the likelihood for individuals with prior drug-related convictions to re-offend or to be re-incarcerated will decrease dramatically.

          Currently, 20 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or other substances without receiving the treatment they need - the primary barrier to treatment being the cost of services. In Indiana alone, 7% of individuals are reported to be abusing alcohol and/or to be experiencing alcohol dependence. As alcohol is the most used drug in Indiana, we believe that alcoholic beverages should be taxed to help fund programs that treat the problem which alcohol has helped to create. With the provision of services to wider populations through taxation of alcoholic beverages, the government will benefit from reductions in crime rates, enforcement costs, treatment costs, and jail costs; communities will benefit from a safer environment; and individuals will benefit from healthier lives.

   Sean Abraham, Samantha Schwindel, Hana Russell, Kristen White

   Residents of Indiana

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