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Title: What America's Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 1988-1998
Author(s): William Rhodes; Mary Layne; Patrick Johnson; Lynne Hozik
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: December 2000
Page Count: 131
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Washington, DC 20500
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201
Contract Number: 282-98-0006
Sale Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy
Old Executive Office Building
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report provides estimates of expenditures by Americans on cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana from 1988 through 1998 and projects estimates for 1999 through 2000.
Abstract: Researchers examined both the demand for and the supply of drugs in order to estimate the retail sale of illicit drugs consumed in the United States. The consumption analysis, which estimated the number of drug users, how much money they spent on drugs, and the amount they likely consumed, indicated that between 1989 and 1998 American’s spent $39 billion to $77 billion annually on cocaine, $10 billion to $22 billion annually on heroin, roughly $2 billion annually on methamphetamine, and $11 billion annually on marijuana. Trend analysis on these estimates revealed that expenditures on cocaine decreased between 1988 and 1998. Heroin expenditures decreased from 1988 to the mid-1990s and then began increasing. Marijuana expenditures between 1988 and 1998 increased slightly as prices increased and then decreased slightly as prices fell. The supply analysis indicated that approximately 12 to 13 metric tons of pure heroin entered the country between 1988 and 1998 and about 352 metric tons of cocaine were available in the United States in 1998. It was not feasible to conduct supply analysis for methamphetamine and marijuana. Concluding analyses indicate that more Americans use marijuana than either cocaine or heroin and trends in marijuana consumption have remained relatively stable over the 10-year study period. Endnotes, appendixes
Main Term(s): Consumption rates; Cost analysis
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug prices; Heroin; Marijuana
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