Guest Speaker Peter Reuter - "Why Criminologists Should Care About Drug Policy"

Though criminologists have contributed to understanding of the relationship between drug use and crime, they have not been prominent in the broader research agenda on drug policy in the United States. This presentation provides an overview of recent drug policy research, giving particular emphasis to what has been learned about drug markets and the effectiveness of control efforts. The introduction of fentanyl into the drug supply has caused a public health crisis in the U.S. but not had any measurable effect on crime. Nonetheless I will argue that criminologists may be able to contribute to mitigating the opioid crisis by paying attention to the supply side that public health researchers and activists so conspicuously neglect.
When Apr 17, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
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Peter Reuter is Professor in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland. He served as editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management from 1999-2004. He founded and directed RAND's Drug Policy Research Center from 1989-1993. Most recently, Dr. Reuter was awarded the 2019 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his breakthroughs in evidence and policy development on drug abuse.