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The Netherlands vs. the United States

DRUG WAR FACTS
compiled by Kendra E. Wright and Paul M. Lewin
for Common Sense for Drug Policy, http://www.csdp.org/ 
Updated: August 15, 1998
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The Netherlands and the United States:
Comparing Important Drug and Violence Indicators
          +---------------------------------------------------+
          |Social        | Years     |USA        |Netherlands |
          |Indicator     | Compared  |           |            |
          +--------------+-----------+-----------+------------+
          |Lifetime      | 1997 vs.  | 38%       | 21%        |
          |prevalence of | 1997      | #1        | #2         |
          |marijuana     |           |           |            |
          |use, ages 12  |           |           |            |
          |- 18          |           |           |            |
          +--------------+-----------+-----------+------------+
          |Past month    | 1997 vs.  | 18%       | 11%        |
          |prevalence of | 1997      | #3        | #4         |
          |marijuana     |           |           |            |
          |use, ages 12  |           |           |            |
          |- 18          |           |           |            |
          +--------------+-----------+-----------+------------+
          |Heroin        | 1995 vs.  | 430       | 160        |
          |users per     | 1995      | #5        | #6         |
          |100,000       |           |           |            |
          |population    |           |           |            |
          +--------------+-----------+-----------+------------+
          |In            | 1997 vs.  | 645       | 65         |
          |Incarceration | 1995      | #7        | #8         |
          |Rate per      |           |           |            |
          |100,000       |           |           |            |
          |population    |           |           |            |
          +--------------+-----------+-----------+------------+
          |Per capita    | 1997 vs.  | $81       | $27        |
          |spending on   | 1995      | #9        | #10        |
          |drug-related  |           |           |            |
          |law           |           |           |            |
          |enforcement   |           |           |            |
          +--------------+-----------+-----------+------------+
          |Homicide      | 1995 vs.  |  8        | 1.8        |
          |rate per      | 1995      | #11       | #12        |
          |100,000       |           |           |            |
          |population    |           |           |            |
          +--------------+-----------+-----------+------------+
 Sources #1, #3: National Institute on Drug Abuse, Monitoring the Future
 Study, Washington D.C. (1997, December 20), press release.
 Sources #2, #4: de Zwart, W.M., Stam, H. &; Kuiplers, S.B.M, Key
 Data--Smoking, Drinking, Drug Use &; Gambling among Pupils Aged 10
 Years or Older, Netherlands: Netherlands Institute of Health and Addiction
 (1997), p. 26, Tables 13 &; 14.
 Source #5: Abt. Associates, Inc., What America's Users Spend on Illegal
 Drugs, 1988-1995, Commissioned by the White House Office of National Drug
 Control Policy (1997, September 29); U.S. Bureau of the Census,
 Statistical Abstract of the United States: 1996 (116th edition),
 Washington D.C. (1996).
 Source #6: Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport [VMS], Drug Policy
 in the Netherlands--Continuity and Change, Netherlands (1995).
 Source #7: Bureau of Justice Statistics; Based on total U.S. population in
 1997 of 267,636,000 as per the U.S. Census Bureau.
 Source #8: According to the Dutch Bureau of Statistics, CBS Voorburg, as
 of September 30, 1996 the Netherlands had 11,931 prisoners with an
 approximate population of 15,424,122. This data was provided by a
 statistician at CBS Voorburg and obtained from Statistics Netherlands:
 Statistical Yearbook 1998, p. 434, table 53.
 Source #9: Office of National Drug Control Policy, National Drug Control
 Strategy, 1997: Budget Summary, Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing
 Office (1997); MacCoun, R. &; Reuter, P., "Interpreting Dutch Cannabis
 Policy: Reasoning by Analogy in the Legalization Debate," Science, 278: 47
 (1997); Based on total U.S. population in 1997 of 267,636,000 as per U.S.
 Census Bureau.
 Source #10: Drug-related law enforcement spending in the Netherlands in
 1995 is estimated at 640 million Dutch Guilders according to the Dutch
 Justice Department.
 Source #11: The FBI reported that the homicide rate in 1995 was 8 per
 100,000 people, for a total of 21, 597 homicides. (Uniform Crime Reports:
 Dept. of Justice Press Release, 10/13/96).
 Source #12: In both 1995 and 1996, the Netherlands recorded 273 homicides,
 which is a homicide rate of 1.8 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.
 (Registered Murders in the Netherlands, Press Release, CBS Voorburg -
 Statistics Netherlands, 7/14/98).
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Available online at: http://www.csdp.org/factbook/
Questions, comments or suggestions for additions and modifications
may be addressed to Paul Lewin at: [email protected]
To stay informed, we recommend the DrugSense Weekly Newsletter;
http://www.drugsense.org/nl/


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See also: Hemp library.


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