School-Based Drug Prevention: What Kind of Drug Use Does It Prevent?

School-Based Drug Prevention: What Kind of Drug Use Does It Prevent?

School-Based Drug Prevention: What Kind of Drug Use Does It Prevent?

School-Based Drug Prevention: What Kind of Drug Use Does It Prevent?

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Prevention is one of three principal approaches to controlling the use of illicit drugs in the United States. While the cost-effectiveness of the other two approaches-enforcement and treatment-had been the subject of analyses in the mid-1990s, prevention had not been addressed. That gap was filled in 1999 with the publication of An Ounce of Prevention, a Pound of Uncertainty (MR-923-RWJ) by RAND's Drug Policy Research Center. That study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, assessed just how cost-effective prevention was at controlling cocaine use both in absolute terms and relative to other types of drug control interventions. As the title of that report suggests, considerable uncertainty attends the cost-effectiveness estimates, but a bottom-line finding was that school-based drug prevention can be competitive with other programs that currently receive more attention and more resources as a means of reducing cocaine use.

Unlike drug enforcement, however, school-based prevention also generates benefits by reducing the use of licit substances, specifically alcohol and tobacco, as well as illicit ones. The research described in this book, also funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, updates and extends the earlier work to cover prevention's effects on a full range of substances. In particular, the study team examines which substances are principally responsible for prevention's benefits when the use of those substances is reduced; that is, given that prevention programs affect the use of different substances differently, and that some substances are more costly to society than others, we estimate how a dollar's investment in prevention may generate greater or lesser reductions in social cost from reductions in the . . .

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