Maricopa County (Arizona) Drug Court is a postadjudication program for probationers with a first-time felony conviction for drug possession. Probationers are required to participate in an outpatient comprehensive drug treatment program, and their progress is monitored by the judge.
In this Call with the Experts, Beau Kilmer, codirector of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, discusses the controversy surrounding marijuana policy and highlights issues policymakers and voters should consider before making their decisions.
Co-occurring psychiatric symptoms and either or both drug dependence or heavy drinking among people with HIV can reduce their quality of life and interfere with treatment adherence; therefore HIV service providers should screen for these conditions and provide appropriate services.
A mandatory public consultation was conducted to inform the Mid-Term Assessment of the EU Drugs Strategy 2013-2020 and the final evaluation of the EU Action Plan on Drugs 2013-2016. This document reports on the consultation's results.
About 70 percent of a community sample of young veterans reported screening positive for behavioral health conditions, with co-occurrence of many conditions, but only about one-third received minimally adequate care.
Vendors in the Netherlands have developed a fairly successful international trade of ecstasy-type drugs and stimulants from online markets, but it appears that most countries are selling illicit drugs within their own borders.
A motivational interviewing approach that targets social networks to reduce risky behavior was found to be helpful in a focus group of residents and staff of Housing First, a permanent supportive housing organization for formerly homeless people.
Respondent-driven sampling -- a peer-driven method of recruiting hidden populations -- can be used to create a representative sample of a drug market's users; the sample can then be surveyed to discern the effects of a Drug Market Intervention.
Harmonizing measurement of drug policy indicators, such as prevalence of use, problematic use, and drug enforcement, would help improve cross-national comparisons of how nations deal with illicit drugs.
This study aims to map alternatives to coercive sanctions (ACS) for drug law offences and drug-related crimes that are available under the law in each EU member state and describe the use of these sanctions in practice.
The Internet has fundamentally changed ways of doing business, including the operations of illegal markets. RAND Europe was commissioned to investigate the role of the Internet in facilitating the drugs trade, particularly in the Netherlands.
Silk Road was the first major online marketplace for illegal goods on the hidden web. Since the FBI took it down in 2013, copycats have filled the void. Transactions for illicit drugs on cryptomarkets have tripled and revenues have doubled.
On behalf of the Dutch Research and Documentation Centre, RAND Europe is partnering on an effort to understand the scope and size of Internet drug trafficking, as well as what role the Netherlands may play.
RAND Europe has been commissioned by the Sentencing Council to assess whether sentencing guidelines for specific drug and theft offences have an impact on sentencing outcomes and whether there are any issues with their implementation.
This study of cocaine and heroin distribution networks in Italy and Slovenia explores a new approach to modeling such networks and identifying different market levels, defined by the quantity and frequency of sales and ranging from international brokers to wholesale distributors to retail dealers.
Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center and a co-author of the nonpartisan primer Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know addresses developments in marijuana policy and why reasonable people can disagree about legalization.