Cost Effectiveness of Treatment vs. Law Enforcement in Reducing Substance Use
The RAND Corporation found that the additional spending needed to achieve a 1% reduction in the number of cocaine users varies according to the sort of program used, and that treatment is the most cost-effective:
|Effect of Control Programs on the Number of Cocaine Users|
|Control Program||Cost of a 1% Decrease
in Cocaine Users per year
|Ratio of Program Cost
to Treatment Cost
Rydell, C.P. & Everingham, S.S., Controlling Cocaine, Prepared for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the United States Army (Santa Monica, CA: Drug Policy Research Center, RAND Corporation, 1994), p. 36.