The simple analytics of illicit drug policy

Doessel, D. P. and Williams, Ruth F. G. (2008) The simple analytics of illicit drug policy. The Australian Economic Review, 41 3: 239-249. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8462.2008.00494.x


Author Doessel, D. P.
Williams, Ruth F. G.
Title The simple analytics of illicit drug policy
Journal name The Australian Economic Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9018
Publication date 2008-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8462.2008.00494.x
Open Access Status
Volume 41
Issue 3
Start page 239
End page 249
Total pages 11
Editor Ross Williams
Ian McDonald
Mark Wooden
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 321204 Mental Health
C1
920209 Mental Health Services
111714 Mental Health
Abstract The impact of alternative drug policy objectives, specifically harm reduction/harm minimisation or prohibition, is unclear. The literature is confusing. This article conceptualises the causal connection between drug consumption and health harm (or reduced health status) then clarifies the implication of 'drug related harm'. By applying some geometrical tools from economics, the choice of policy objective is analysed. The preferences of policy advocates are then incorporated. Policy advocates are conceived as arguing that decision-makers and consumers should adopt their preferences between drugs and health harm. With this approach, the difference between alternative drug policies, in particular prohibition and harm minimisation/reduction, is demonstrated.
Keyword Drug Policy
alternative
harm
reduction
minimisation
prohibition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
 
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