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Pub. Type:
Crack's Decline: Some Surprises Across U.S. Cities
Subtitle/Series Name:
National Institute of Justice Research in Brief
Pub. Date:
Jul 1997
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 source
NCJ 165707
United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production:
Washington, DC

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