What killed ADAM?

Why the most cost-effective element of the national drug data collection effort was the one we just stopped doing.

Some time ago, I complained in this space about the cancellation of the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program. Partly as a result, a respectable glossy magazine with a scientifically sophisticated readership asked me for a brief essay on the topic.

Here’s the draft. Comments solitcited. Warning: the piece lacks the spontaneous sparkle of my best blogging.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com