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this report, the data of the 1997 national study on drug use among the population of 12 years and older in the Netherlands, will be published. The figures are based on self-reported data. Almost 22,000 respondents were questioned face-to-face about lifestyle and the use of licit and illicit drugs. Drugs included in the study are: tobacco, alcohol,...
National drug use prevalence figures represent average rates of use among the general population. Such prevalence figures are often used to make cross-national comparisons and to evaluate the effectiveness of different national drug policies. It is argued here that these national-level numbers mask interesting and important differences between loca...
This paper focuses on the place of purchase of drugs in the Netherlands. The reason to focus on this topic is that one of the aims of Dutch policy is to separate the cannabis market from that of most other drugs. Dutch narcotics legislation distinguishes 'drugs with acceptable risks' and 'drugs with unacceptable risks' (see Leuw 1994, Cohen 1994, d...