Police Crackdowns, Societal Cost, and the Need for Alternative Approaches

Published in: International Journal of Drug Policy, v. 16, no. 3, Editorial, June 2005, p. 137-138

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2004

by Ricky N. Bluthenthal, Keith G. Heinzerling, Alexis N. Martinez, Alex H. Kral

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Reports results from an ecological study that found that police crackdowns were not associated with elevated hospitalisations for injection-related abscesses and endocarditis in New York City. This paper makes many insightful points in the discussion section related to possible explanations. The authors discuss important points regarding the intersection between law enforcement and public health as it pertains to illicit drug users in the US.

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