The U.S. Drug Policy Landscape: Insights and Opportunities for Improving the View

The U.S. Drug Policy Landscape: Insights and Opportunities for Improving the View

The U.S. Drug Policy Landscape: Insights and Opportunities for Improving the View

The U.S. Drug Policy Landscape: Insights and Opportunities for Improving the View

Synopsis

Discussions about reducing the harms associated with drug use and antidrug policies are often politicized, infused with questionable data, and unproductive. This paper provides a nonpartisan primer on drug use and drug policy in the United States. It aims to bring those new to drug policy up to speed and provide ideas to researchers and potential research funders about how they could make strong contributions to the field.

Excerpt

Discussions about reducing the harms associated with drug use and antidrug policies are often politicized, infused with questionable data, and unproductive. in this occasional paper, researchers provide a nonpartisan primer on the topic that should be of interest to those who are new to the field of drug policy, as well as those who have been working in the trenches. This project was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the views presented here reflect only those of the authors.

This study was conducted under the auspices of the rand Drug Policy Research Center. the goal of the Drug Policy Research Center is to provide a firm, empirical foundation on which sound drug policies can be built, at the local and national levels. the center’s work is supported by foundations, government agencies, corporations, and individuals.

We are indebted to Nicholas M. Pace (RAND) and Harold Pollack (University of Chicago) for their constructive reviews. the paper also benefited from comments made by James Burgdorf (RAND), Keith Humphreys (Stanford University), and Sarah Lawrence (University of California, Berkeley).

Questions or comments about this paper should be sent to the project leader, Beau Kilmer (Beau_Kilmer@rand.org). Information about the Drug Policy Research Center is available online (http://www.rand.org/multi/dprc/). Inquiries about research projects should be made to the center’s co-directors, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula (Rosalie_Pacula@rand.org) and Beau Kilmer (Beau_Kilmer@rand.org).

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