Drug Use in the Detroit Metropolitan Area

Problems, Programs, and Policy Options

by John Haaga, Richard Scott, Jennifer Hawes-Dawson, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Katheryn K. Russell

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This report analyzes recent trends in drug use and drug-related problems in the Detroit metropolitan area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties), assesses the school and community-based programs currently dealing with drug use problems, discusses public and private treatment systems, and describes trends in drug law enforcement. Finally, it discusses the need to (1) devote more resources to prevention, (2) build coalitions across geographic and administrative boundaries, and (3) experiment, giving efforts a realistic amount of time to succeed. An appendix provides details on the sources of drug-use data.

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