This research brief describes work documented in Modeling the Demand for Cocaine (MR-332-ONDCP/A/DPRC) and Controlling Cocaine: Supply vs. Demand Programs (MR-331-ONDCP/A/DPRC).

Excerpt: One approach to achieving such an understanding is through integrative mathematical modeling. This is the approach taken in a recent DPRC study that provides a quantitative foundation for decisions on allocating cocaine control resources. On the basis of that analysis, it was possible to conclude that treatment is seven times as cost-effective (at the margin) as domestic enforcement — the best alternative to treatment that the study evaluated. Thus, if it were possible to vary the current allocation of funds over control strategies, cocaine consumption could be reduced substantially without increasing total spending.

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