Drug Markets and Drug Enforcement: Some Applications of ADAM Data to Planning and Evaluating Drug Enforcement Initiatives

Robert E. Worden, University at Albany
Shelagh E. Catlin, University at Albany

In this paper we analyze data collected as part of the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program to illustrate their potential utility in planning and evaluating drug enforcement initiatives. In 2000, a revised ADAM interview schedule was fielded, providing for the collection of data on drug markets. Building on previous research on drug markets, and on the hypothesized and estimated effects of street-level drug enforcement, we identify and empirically examine characteristics of drug markets that are of potential relevance to drug enforcement strategies and tactics.

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