Drug Use and Drug Programs in the Washington Metropolitan Area

by Peter Reuter, John Haaga, Patrick Murphy, Amy Praskac

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Washington's drug problems are severe compared with those of other metropolitan areas. There is a sustained high prevalence of PCP use. Enforcement of drug prohibition laws, traditionally the most visible response to drug use, has yet to affect consumption. Although acknowledged as the best hope for the future, prevention continues to receive little public funding. The authors recommend development of PCP treatment programs, expansion and restructuring of prevention programs, expansion of methadone treatment programs, and improved coordination among programs and jurisdictions. Research and data collection should be done at the local level.

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