Determining high-risk candidates for demand-side counter-methamphetamine policy measures
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. This thesis models methamphetamine consumption in the United States based on theories of habit formation using various demographic, economic and geographic factors contributing to usage. Using data from the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health ("NSDUH"), a logit regression is employed to measure the impact of multiple variables on methamphetamine use. The results indicate that methamphetamine use is particularly prevalent among rural whites. Additionally, methamphetamine users frequently admitted to using other drugs including marijuana and cocaine. Based on these results, this paper proposes a number of demand-side policy interventions to prevent the first-time use of methamphetamine among high-risk individuals. These include educational programs, stiffer penalties for possession of methamphetamine and initiatives to limit the access of potential consumers to methamphetamine suppliers and dealers.
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