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Title: Narcotics Users, Narcotics Prices, and Criminal Activity: An Economic Analysis (From The Epidemiology of Heroin and Other Narcotics, NIDA Research Monograph 16, P 130-136, 1977, Joan Dunne Rittenhouse, ed.)
Author(s): F Goldman
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Publication Number: (ADM) 78-559
Sale Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5213
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The economic relationships between the prices of heroin and other narcotics, the consumption of narcotics, and related criminal activities are examined.
Abstract: Common assumptions are that consumption will decline when price rises, that heroin consumption leads to revenue-raising crime, and that limiting the heroin user's income-generating opportunities to criminal markets results in an increase in the user's illegal income. A simple reduction strategy that drives up the price of heroin can be expected to reduce the total quantity of heroin consumed, but its impact on the number if new and current users and their criminal activity, is not obvious. In addition, because it is unclear whether narcotics consumption leads to criminal activity, whether criminal activity leads to drug comsumption, or both, the appropriate approach is to consider these two relationships as being simultaneously determined. Furthermore, other research on the varieties of drug use and how users distribute themselves across legal and illegal activities further reduce our expectations of how much crime is caused by heroin use. Without appropriate research on this empirical issue, Federal policies directed at supply and demand reduction cannot have predictable outcomes. 10 references
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Drug abuse causes; Economic influences; Economic models; Opioids
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