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NCJ Number: 159289 Find in a Library
Title: Plan for Estimating the Number of Hardcore Drug Users in the United States
Journal: International Journal of the Addictions  Volume:30  Issue:6  Dated:(1995)  Pages:637-657
Author(s): R S Simeone; W M Rhodes; D E Hunt
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: US Executive Office of the President
Washington, DC 20500
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper outlines a alternative method to surveys for estimating the number of hardcore drug users in the U.S. as part of an effort to reduce the demand for illicit drugs.
Abstract: The model presented here extends previous work which attempt to derive from the number of observed institutional contacts with drug abusers the total level of unobserved drug use activity. The mathematical model relating drug use and institutional contact presented here could be used to make local estimates of the number of hardcore drug users. These local estimates would be used as the anchor points in developing synthetic estimates for higher levels of geographic aggregation, eventually arriving at a national figure. The first section of the article deals with the problem of modeling drug use and institutional contact; the second section outlines a plan for sampling and data collection. 1 table, 1 figure, 5 notes, and 63 references
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; Mathematical modeling
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