How Big Is the U.S. Market for Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth?

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Aug 2019

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The Future of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids

The rise of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids is unlike any drug crisis in U.S. history. Limiting policy responses to existing approaches will likely be insufficient and may condemn many people to early deaths. Read more »

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Which Teenagers Benefit Most From a Brief Primary Care Substance Use Intervention?

A brief primary care intervention can be effective over the long-term for adolescents who report problems from alcohol and cannabis use.

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How Big Is the U.S. Market for Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth?

People in the United States spent about $150 billion on cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in 2016. The cannabis market was roughly the size of the cocaine and methamphetamine markets combined.

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Substance Use Among U.S. Active-Duty Service Members

The Health Related Behaviors Survey asked active-duty service members about their use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit and prescription drugs. Cigarette smoking in the military has decreased over the past decade, but rates of binge drinking are still high enough to cause concern.

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How Is the Cannabis Market in Washington State Changing?

This report provides detailed information about state-legal cannabis production and sales in Washington, as well as insights about the total amount of THC obtained from legal and illegal sources.

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Beau Kilmer

Beau Kilmer

Director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center