Journal of Drug Policy Analysis

Berkeley Electronic Press announces the launch of Drug Policy Analysis: A Journal of Substance Abuse Control Policy. Journal of Drug Policy Analysis focuses on practical, policy-analytic insights on the problems and policies of drug abuse control. Short peer-reviewed articles and essays analyze every aspect of the policy problems posed by abusable psychoactives, licit and illicit, anywhere in the world.

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Using data-driven and conceptual approaches, as well as the methods of the social and biological sciences, the humanities, medicine, public health, law, law enforcement, and public management, the journal emphasizes informed policy analysis: the stakes in a given policy choice, and the terms of the
tradeoffs among the values and interests in play.

Edited by Mark Kleiman (UCLA) and Beau Kilmer (RAND), Journal of Drug Policy Analysis drives the public and scholarly conversation about how to deal with the issues surrounding drug policy, a conversation of vital interest to drug policy researchers, criminologists, economists, physicians, and those who make decisions about drug policy.

Journal of Drug Policy Analysis

Recent articles include:

*       Jonathan P. Caulkins and Ryan Menefee of Carnegie Mellon consider the greater number of alcohol and tobacco related deaths compared to those from illegal substance use, and assess the mismatch between actual risks and public concern over illegal drugs. (“Is Objective Risk All That Matters When
It Comes to Drugs?”,

*       Philip J. Cook of Duke University calls for an increase in the federal alcohol taxes, arguing that it would provide almost everyone with a net financial gain and result in positive behavioral effects. (“A Free

*       Mark A. R. Kleiman of UCLA proposes a legislative fix for the current Federal laws that over-punish minor crack dealers. (“An Administrative Remedy for the Crack Mandatory Sentencing Problem”,

*       Beau Kilmer of RAND describes surveillance technologies that detect probationer and parolee alcohol use (“The Future of DIRECT Surveillance: Drug and alcohol use Information from REmote and Continuous Testing”,

Call for Papers

Journal of Drug Policy Analysis invites your submissions. Like all bepress journals, the journal promises a decision time for submissions of less than 10 weeks. Please visit for more information about the journal’s aims and scope and to submit your next article.

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