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An ounce of prevention, a pound of uncertainty: the by Jonathan Caulkins

By Jonathan Caulkins

Within the warfare on medicines, teenagers are at the entrance strains. is simply asserting no safeguard adequate? The authors study the result of well known college drug prevention courses to figure out how powerful they're at lowering cocaine use and no matter if those courses are cash good spent, compared to drug-enforcement or drug-treatment courses.

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One approach to comparing disparate outputs is to attempt some sort of dollar valuation of all of them. We do not attempt to do that here, but we take a step in that direction by converting the cocaine, alcohol, and smoking reduction benefits of drug prevention into dollar terms (see Chapter Four). At a minimum, that allows us to see whether a dollar's worth of benefits are realized from a dollar invested in drug use prevention. Even if we restrict ourselves to reducing drug consumption as an objective, there is more to be drawn from considerations of cost and effectiveness than just cost-effectiveness.

1. 2. 1. 2. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 1. 2. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Base Estimates and Ranges of Effect, Discounted and Undiscounted, for All Drugs Considered 175 Page xix Summary Of the various possible approaches toward alleviating America's problems with illicit drugs, the greatest emphasisin both political rhetoric and dollars allocatedhas long been placed on enforcement against traffickers, dealers, and users. Recently, however, public-opinion polls have shown strong support for preventioneven a preference in some cases.

Interdicting cocaine en route from source countries. Expanding the mix of enforcement strategies used against typical dealers before the advent of mandatory sentencing. Current mandatory sentences of dealers prosecuted at the federal level. Expanding the mix of enforcement strategies used against dealers prosecuted at the federal level before the advent of mandatory sentencing. Treating heavy users with a program effective enough to keep the great majority off cocaine during treatment and cause a small minority to remain off heavy use after leaving treatment.

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