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The Success of Neighborhood Antidrug Programs

Neighborhood efforts to combat drug dealing can be quite effective. When properly implemented, they directly influence the nonmonetary costs of drug use, that is, the time it takes customers to find drugs for sale and their risk of being arrested for buying and possessing drugs. Thus, the overall cost of obtaining drugs is increased whereas their monetary cost is not (the latter may encourage more drug-related crime). Neighborhood drug enforcement weakens drug organizations by reducing the dollar value of the market and strengthens communities by reducing blatant drug dealing and use.

We have seen that police efforts can reduce visible neighborhood drug selling. Most research on police crackdowns suggests that they do disrupt local drug markets. It is unclear whether ...

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