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NCJ Number: 182044 Find in a Library
Title: An Ounce of Prevention, a Pound of Uncertainty: The Cost-Effectiveness of School-Based Drug Prevention Programs
Author(s): Jonathan P. Caulkins; C. Peter Rydell; Susan S. Everingham; James Chiesa; Shawn Bushway
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 227
Sponsoring Agency: Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
Grant Number: SER-9357936
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8330-2560-0
Sale Source: Rand Corporation
1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An analysis of the cost-effectiveness of model school-based drug prevention programs at reducing cocaine consumption compared prevention’s cost-effectiveness with that of several enforcement programs and with that of treating heavy cocaine users.
Abstract: The research also focused on the cost of nationwide implementation of model prevention programs and the implementation’s likely effect on the nation’s cocaine consumption. The programs considered were Project Alert, which was implemented during seventh and eighth grades, and Life Skills; both programs assume that adolescents use drugs largely because of per pressures and other social influences. The research also used the data to examine the impact on marijuana use initiation and continuation. Findings indicated that a full-scale national prevention program would cost about 1.5 percent of current spending on national drug control, but it would not dramatically affect the course of drug use. In addition, the benefits would take years to accrue. Nevertheless, the range of cost-effectiveness derived for prevention was comparable to that previously derived for different enforcement interventions. Furthermore, implementing model prevention programs seems to be justifiable in the sense that the benefits produced would probably outweigh the costs of the resources used. Figures, tables, footnotes, and 82 references
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Cost effectiveness analysis; Juvenile drug use; Life skills training; Marijuana; School delinquency programs
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