Accession Number:

ADA282676

Title:

Controlling Cocaine. Supply Versus Demand Programs

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

138.0

Abstract:

The current cocaine epidemic in the United States started in the late 1960s, picked up momentum during the 1970s, and is still going strong in the 1990s. The number of cocaine users peaked in the early 1980s at about 9 million, and has gradually decreased to a little more than 7 million today. However, that downward trend in the total number of users is misleading, because a decline in the number of light users has masked an increase in the number of heavy users. Heavy users consume cocaine at a rate approximately eight times that of light users, so the upward trend in consumption by heavy users roughly cancels the downward trend in consumption by light users. The result is that total consumption of cocaine in the United States has remained at its mid-1980s peak for almost a decade

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Sociology and Law
  • Toxicology
  • Organic Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE