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The World Heroin Market: Can Supply Be Cut?

Letizia Paoli, Victoria A. Greenfield, and Peter Reuter


Heroin is universally considered the world's most harmful illegal drug. This is due not only to the damaging effects of the drug itself, but also to the spread of AIDS tied to its use. Burgeoning illegal mass consumption in the 1960s and 1970s has given rise to a global market for heroin and other opiates of nearly 16 million users. The production and trafficking of opiates have caused crime, disease, and social distress throughout the world, leading many nations to invest billions of dollars trying to suppress the industry. The failure of their efforts has become a central policy concern. Can ... More

Keywords: heroin, illegal drug, AIDS, global market, opiates, users, production, trafficking, crime, disease

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195322996
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Letizia Paoli, author
K.U. Leuven Faculty of Law

Victoria A. Greenfield, author
U.S. Naval Academy

Peter Reuter, author
University of Maryland

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