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NCJ Number: 151446 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Availability Index Annual Assessment
Corporate Author: Maryland State Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Maryland State Police
Pikesville, MD 21208
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Publication Number: Z-97-00223
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Drug Availability Index (DAI) has been developed by the Maryland State Police's Criminal Intelligence Division to estimate drug availability in terms of certain indicators.
Abstract: The indicators are refined for each drug and then combined into one index that can be followed over time. A data set included in the DAI must meet several criteria: cause and effect relation between availability and the indicator, stability of the relationship between availability and the indicator over time, objective measurement of the indicator, and nonexcessive indicator variability. The indicators include price, purity, number of seizures during routine investigations, average amount of drugs seized during routine investigations, number of laboratory submissions, percentage of total laboratory submissions, cocaine, and crack cocaine. The DAI is applied to analyze marijuana, cocaine, and crack cocaine. The analysis shows that the popularity and use of marijuana is on the rise in Maryland, that cocaine availability will increase in the future, and that crack cocaine availability is increasing. 3 tables and 7 charts
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Crack; Drug regulation; Marijuana; Maryland; Police annual reports; State crime statistics; State police
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