What's New - June 29, 1995

RAND is a well known nonprofit institution dedicated to improving public policy through research and analysis. They have conducted many influential studies of alcohol and other drug policies over the years. Some of their recent work is now available online.

Projecting Future Cocaine Use and Evaluating Control Strategies is a discription of a mathematical model of the relative effectiveness of law enforcement and treatment in reducing cocaine use. The authors conclude that treatemtn is seven times as cost effective as enforcement. The authors point out that of the $13 billion the Federal government spent on cocaine control in FY 92 only 7% was spent on treatment.

Cocaine: The First Decade is an analysis of the available incidence and epidemiological indicator data on cocaine use in America. The authors predict that while the total number of cocaine users may be declining, the number of heavy users has remained relatively constant. They predict these heavy users may place increased demands on the treatment system. They also suggest that the decline in casual users may result in increased compitition and violence amoung cocaine dealers. Disruption in dealer income may result in other violent crime.

Keeping Score: The Frailties of the Federal Drug Budget by Patrick Murphy provides a good overview of the federal drug abuse budget and also state and local government expenditures. Because state and local governments spend far more than the federal governement, Murphy concludes that policy changes must be developed and impemented at both the federal and local levels.

Northwest Regional Education Laboratory
The Northwest Regional Education Laboratory web site contains a variety of information related to their missioon of working with schools and communities to improve educational outcomes for children, youth, and adults. Of particular interest is the gopher section devoted to the Western Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities. This gopher hole contains Western Center newsletters, a catalog of successful community-based alcohol and other drug prevention programs a searchable data base of Drug-Free schools publicatons and a selection of articles on prevention by Bonnie Benard. Benard's articles on resiliency are must reading for anyone interested in preventing addictions. Thanks to Randy Collver of NWREL for telling us about this important site.

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a federally-funded national information system that provides access to an extensive body of education-related resources. Ask ERIC is a searchable gopher index with access to many addictions related articles.

David Baldwin wrote to tell us about his Trauma Information Pages. In addition to thorough coverage of emotional trauma, traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder, these pages include extensive links to psycholgy, mental health and disaster sites.

Michael Liimatta wrote to us about the work of the International Union of Gospel Missions. Their site contains information and referrals to low or no cost treatment resources along with information on the impact of addiction upon homelessness. The site contains links to the Christian Recovery Connection, Alcoholics Victorious, and the National Association for Christian Recovery amoung others.

Christians in Recovery is open to anyone who is interested in recovery in a Christian or Biblical setting. The site contains much new and interesting information relating the Bible and the 12 steps.

Cecil Greek pointed us to MedNexus an excellent resource for general medical information. This site contains a variety of medical links, and a Medical Illustrators home page for those interested in medical art.

We have added Marijuana Anonymous to the Web of Addictions' Rolodex section. Thanks to Stacey S. for the information on this organization.
Marijuana Anonymous
P. O. Box 2912
Van Nuys, CA 91404
(800) 766-6779

Put this under the Web of Addictions Cool Site. This is unrelated to addictions, but it does contribute to our serenity. Ray Sterner of The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory has produced some of the most beautiful work on the net. His computer-color enhanced Colored Landform Atlas on the United States is truely awe inspiring. You will want to download a copy of the map of your home state. These maps are not only beautiful, they are educational. The map of Missouri, our home state, clearly shows the Mississippi and Missouri river flood plains. You can see why St. Louis was built where it is - the only high ground near the confluence of the Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois rivers. You can see the different channels that the Missippi and Ohio rivers have taken near the Missouri - Arkansas border. If you like maps, you will love this site.

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