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    Being Mindful About Changing Psychedelic Policy

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 20, highlights research on alcohol consumption during the pandemic, levels of substance use disorder stigma among police officers, a RAND prevention research project, and more.

    Nov 16, 2020

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    COVID Relief and Cannabis Legalization

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 19, highlights research on cannabis policy and COVID-19, the effectiveness of naloxone laws, integrated substance use and mental health treatment for veterans, and more.

    Aug 31, 2020

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    Want to Know If a New Drug Crisis Is Growing? Check the Wastewater

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 18, highlights research on wastewater testing, the fentanyl problem in the U.S., state policies related to substance use in pregnancy, alcohol misuse in women, and more.

    May 20, 2020

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    Launching RAND's New Initiative: Opioids Uncharted

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 17, highlights research on teaching skills to reduce DUI recidivism, the fentanyl crisis, policies that punish pregnant women for substance use, and more.

    Mar 9, 2020


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    Early Evidence of the Impact of Cannabis Legalization

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 16, highlights research on cannabis legalization, tackling America's fentanyl problem, cognitive behavioral therapy for first-time DUI offenses, and more.

    Nov 8, 2019

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    The Future of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 15, highlights research on the size of the American drug market, substance use among service members, the changing cannabis market in Washington state, and more.

    Aug 29, 2019

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    Emerging Divergence: Drug Policy in Asia

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 14, highlights research on direct dispensing of naloxone for opioid-related overdoses, conflicts over supervised drug consumption sites, tobacco and cannabis use among young adults, and more.

    May 15, 2019

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    How the Opioid Crisis Is Driving the Rise in Hepatitis C

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 13, highlights the rise in Hepatitis C after the reformulation of Oxycontin, neonatal abstinence syndrome, adolescent marijuana use and legalization in Washington, and more.

    Feb 4, 2019


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    Considering Heroin-Assisted Treatment and Supervised Consumption Sites in the U.S.

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 12, highlights alternative approaches to the opioid crisis, improving access to opioid treatment, navigating cannabis legalization, and more.

    Dec 6, 2018

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    China's Role in the U.S. Opioid Crisis

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 11, highlights research on China's role in the U.S. opioid crisis, the affect of cannabis advertising on youth, and treating alcohol and opioid use disorder in a primary care setting.

    Sep 6, 2018

  • Young adults browse samples at Shango Cannabis on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Portland, Oregon, October 1, 2015


    Strategies to Limit Negative Consequences of Cannabis Use

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 10, highlights research on cannabis advertising and youth, opioid markets and supply, substance use treatment in primary care, and cannabis potency.

    May 31, 2018

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    Complex Link Between Medical Cannabis and Fewer Opioid Deaths

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 9, highlights research on cannabis use and opioid deaths, results of the EU drug strategy, a social media intervention to reduce drug use among individuals experiencing homelessness, cannabis legalization and alcohol consumption, and another barrier to evidence-based prevention and treatment programs.

    Feb 20, 2018


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    Cannabis Potency and Prices in a Newly Legal Market

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 8, highlights research on potency and prices of cannabis in new markets, a web-based alcohol intervention, cannabis legalization in Canada, and recommendations for medical care for opioid addiction.

    Nov 15, 2017

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    What a Scientist Suggests You Tell Your Kids About Legal Marijuana

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 7, highlights research on effective drug education, strategies to reduce deaths from opioid addiction, and penalties for drug possession.

    Aug 8, 2017

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    Reducing Deaths from Heroin and Other Opioids

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 6, highlights research on strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality from heroin and other opioids, marijuana legalization, EU Drugs Strategy, and cocaine consumption in the United States.

    May 10, 2017

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    Trump's Marijuana Options

    DPRC Quarterly, Issue 5, highlights research on prescription drug misuse among service members, marijuana markets and legalization, online alcohol advertising, and problem drinking among veterans with combat experience.

    Feb 1, 2017