Policy & Information Briefs

The Federal Drug Budget Under Sequestration

With the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to reach an agreement, this Policy Brief examines the effects of a $1.2 trillion sequestration (automatic cut) on the federal drug control budget.  Slated for implementation beginning in 2013, Carnevale Associates' analysis finds that the proposed cuts would be much more detrimental to demand reduction programs than to supply reduction programs.  The disproportionate impact on demand reduction programs may impede the Obama administration’s stated aim of implementing the public health approach promoted in its National Drug Control Strategy. 

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Leveraging Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs to Reduce Drug Use and its Damaging Consequences

This Policy Brief examines the present state of prescription drug abuse and the potential role of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs or PMPs) in providing real-time information to inform prevention, treatment, and law enforcement policies, programs, and practices.

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Fixing National Drug Control Policy: Principles of an Effective National Drug Policy

This 2008 Policy Brief highlights the principles of an effective national drug control policy, emphasizing the importance of research-based approaches and the need to link strategy and budget. 

The Policy Brief highlights the value of domestic programs--including prevention, treatment, and domestic law enforcement--, concluding that the coming administration must rely on data and research when formulating the drug control strategy.  Such an approach will likely lead to the reallocation of resources from supply reduction to demand reduction initiatives, the identification of performance measures suitable for use with a research-based strategy, and the reestablishment of surveillance systems essential to making the strategy responsive to emerging problems.

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CitiStat: Using Sound Business Practices to Improve Government Transparency and Performance

This 2006 Information Brief examines the CitiStat philosophy of governance, which transforms government operations by holding those in charge of service delivery accountable for their departments' performance.  Citing examples including Syracuse, New York and Baltimore, Maryland, the Brief notes that use of CitiStat is correlated with increased government efficiency and decreased government spending.

Original Publication: January 2006

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Illicit Drug Use: What the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Tells Us

This 2004 Information Brief examines the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for the 2002 to 2003 period.  Explaining how the survey works and what it measures, the Brief notes that the NSDUH found no significant change in youth drug use during that period.  The Brief also points out that the NSDUH found the main reason respondents cited for not seeking treatment was cost and insurance barriers.

Original Publication: September 2004

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