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Title An ounce of prevention, a pound of uncertainty : the cost-effectiveness of school-based drug prevention programs / Jonathan P. Caulkins [and others]
Published Santa Monica, Calif. : Rand, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (xxxiii, 194 pages) : illustrations
Contents Chapter 2 Effectiveness at Reducing Cocaine Consumption 11 -- Chapter 3 Cost-Effectiveness at Reducing Cocaine Consumption 45 -- Chapter 4 Other Benefits 59 -- Chapter 5 Nationwide Implementation 73
Summary Focuses on school-based drug prevention programs that have proven effective in formal evaluations. Effectiveness at reducing cocaine consumption is inferred from effectiveness at reducing marijuana initiation, and spillover effects on those not participating in the program are accounted for. Given substantial uncertainties in all pertinent factors, the cost-effectiveness estimation framework is constructed to permit easy substitution of alternate values at reader preference or as more information becomes available. The authors conclude that prevention can reduce lifetime cocaine consumption by 2 to 11 percent. Although these effects are small, prevention programs are inexpensive, so that the associated cost-effectiveness values bracket those of a range of enforcement strategies. Treatment, however, appears more cost-effective than prevention. A nationwide drug prevention program would cost only a tiny fraction of what the United States now spends on drug control, but its effect on the cocaine-using population would be modest and slow to accumulate
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-194)
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Cocaine abuse -- United States -- Prevention -- Cost effectiveness.
Drug abuse -- Study and teaching -- United States -- Cost effectiveness.
Students -- Drug use -- United States -- Prevention -- Cost effectiveness.
Youth -- Drug use -- United States -- Prevention -- Cost effectiveness.
Form Electronic book
Author Caulkins, Jonathan P. (Jonathan Paul), 1965-
ISBN 0585245460 (electronic bk.)
9780585245461 (electronic bk.)