Reports and Articles from the Drug Policy Research Center
The RAND Drug Policy Research Center publishes current research in the following eight categories:
Most Recent Publications on Drugs and Drug Policy
Prevalence and Correlates of Smoking Status Among Veterans Affairs Primary Care Patients with Probable Major Depressive Disorder — February 13, 2014
The present study examined smoking prevalence and the demographic, clinical and psychosocial characteristics associated with smoking among a sample of Veterans Affairs primary care patients with probable major depression.
Spotlight on 2013: Building trust in policymaking — January 28, 2014
Spotlight on 2013 is RAND Europe's annual review. This year's focus is trust, and we feature RAND Europe projects that support policymakers to gain trust at three levels: from strategic challenges, through robust methods, to effective delivery.
A multimedia presentation with e-learning modules that introduces the steps of the Getting to Outcomes with Developmental Assets (AGTO) process. Each module provides information on how each step could strengthen planning, implementation, and evaluation efforts, whether for a youth-serving program or a community-based coalition or initiative.
Opioid Prescribing: A Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal of Guidelines for Chronic Pain — January 1, 2014
Despite limited evidence and variable development methods, recent guidelines on chronic pain agree on several opioid risk mitigation strategies, including upper dosing thresholds; cautions with certain medications; attention to drug–drug and drug–disease interactions; and use of risk assessment tools, treatment agreements, and urine drug testing.
Marijuana Liberalization Policies: Why We Can't Learn Much from Policy Still in Motion — January 1, 2014
Much remains unanswered about the potential effects of marijuana liberalization policies because the most relevant questions have yet to be fully considered and addressed.