Chapter 22. Drug Policy Research

  1. Peter G. Miller4,
  2. John Strang5,6 and
  3. Peter M. Miller7
  1. Jonathan P. Caulkins1,2 and
  2. Rosalie Liccardo Pacula3

Published Online: 16 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch22

Addiction Research Methods

Addiction Research Methods

How to Cite

Caulkins, J. P. and Pacula, R. L. (2010) Drug Policy Research, in Addiction Research Methods (eds P. G. Miller, J. Strang and P. M. Miller), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318852.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 4

    School of Psychology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

  2. 5

    National Addiction Centre Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK

  3. 6

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  4. 7

    Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs, Medical University & South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Heinz College and Qatar Campus, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA USA

  2. 2

    Doha, Qatar, USA

  3. 3

    RAND Drug Policy Research Center, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405176637

Online ISBN: 9781444318852



  • drug policy research;
  • drug policy research, application of policy analysis in substance use and ‘addiction’ domain;
  • cost-effectiveness ratio' (CE), or cost per ‘quality-adjusted life year’ (QALY);
  • ‘cost-identification’ - all resources consumed by programme, intervention or policy;
  • cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) - common form of economic evaluation;
  • quantifying an intervention's benefits and costs;
  • economic versus accounting costs;
  • methods estimating intervention's effects;
  • statistical tools for evaluating outcomes in policy analyses


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Methods for quantitatively comparing an intervention's benefits and costs

  • Issues that arise in quantifying an intervention's benefits and costs

  • Methods for estimating an intervention's effects

  • Modelling methods

  • Summary

  • References

  • Recommended readings