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dc.contributor.authorDavies, Ronald B.
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-11T14:43:51Z
dc.date.available2011-08-11T14:43:51Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationDavies, Ronald B. 'Mandatory minimum sentencing, drug purity and overdose rates'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 41, No. 4, Winter, 2010, pp. 429?457, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
dc.identifier.issn0012-9984
dc.identifier.otherJEL I18
dc.identifier.otherJEL K42
dc.identifier.otherJEL P46
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/58563
dc.description.abstractAs of 1987, the US?s Anti-Drug Abuse Act (ADAA) has imposed mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers based on the quantity of the drug involved irrespective of purity. Using the STRIDE dataset and a differences-in-differences approach, I find that this led to increases in cocaine and heroin purity of 52 per cent and 27 per cent respectively. It also affected the distribution of purity around its mean. Using data on emergency room visits, I show that changes in the distribution of purity had significant impacts on such visits. These results provide insights useful when considering Ireland?s drug policies which include the use of mandatory minimum sentences.en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherEconomic & Social Studies
dc.relation.ispartofVol.XX, No. XX, Issue, Year
dc.sourceEconomic & Social Reviewen
dc.subjectDrug abuseen
dc.subjectMandatory sentencesen
dc.subjectSocial policyen
dc.subjectDrug purityen
dc.titleMandatory minimum sentencing, drug purity and overdose rates
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.publisher.placeDublinen


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