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NCJ Number: 165707 Find in a Library
Title: Crack's Decline: Some Surprises Across U.S. Cities, Research in Brief
Series: NIJ Research in Brief
Author(s): A L Golub; B D Johnson
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Document: PDF|Text
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines the progress of the crack epidemic at each of 24 locations served by the Drug Use Forecasting (DUF) Program from as early as 1987 through 1996 and shows drug epidemics tend to follow a natural course.
Abstract: The data indicate the popularity of a particular drug, such as cocaine, emerges within a limited subpopulation. Drug epidemics tend to be local, with drug popularity varying substantially across jurisdictions. As of 1996, for example, crack use was declining at most DUF locations. In some noncoastal cities, however, the crack epidemic appeared as strong as ever. The data also show information about the prevalence of certain drugs, such as those monitored by DUF, can help identify drug epidemic phases experienced by a community. In addition, changes in drug use by young people indicate important transitions in a drug's popularity. To the extent future drug epidemics are similar to the crack epidemic, agencies can use DUF data to better deploy drug control resources. 16 references, 11 notes, 1 table, and 25 figures
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Crack; Drug regulation; Drug statistics; Drug Use Forecasting system; State-by-state analyses
Note: National Institute of Justice Research in Brief (July 1997)
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