Substance Abuse


Addictions to, dependence on, and abuse of alcohol and drugs—from marijuana and methamphetamine to cocaine and heroin—place emotional and economic burdens on individuals, families, and communities. RAND research provides a firm, empirical foundation for policymakers and helps community leaders and public officials worldwide to deal effectively with substance abuse and associated issues.

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    Research Brief

    Improving Outcomes for Substance Use Patients: Quality Measures May Be Necessary

    Jan 16, 2015

    The Affordable Care Act significantly increases coverage for substance use treatment, but it does not define quality measures—which are essential to monitoring and improving treatment. Thus, increased coverage may not translate into better outcomes unless existing measures are refined and new measures are developed and tested.

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    Evaluation of Drug and Alcohol "Payment by Results" Pilots

    Jun 30, 2014

    RAND Europe is helping to conduct an independent evaluation of the UK Department of Health's drug and alcohol recovery payment-by-results pilots to determine whether market forces can encourage the development of better recovery programs.

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