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Illicit Retail Methamphetamine Markets and Related Local Problems: A Police Perspective

NCJ Number
Journal of Drug Issues Volume: 41 Issue: 3 Dated: Summer 2011 Pages: 327-358
Date Published
32 pages

This paper examines whether features of the operation of retail methamphetamine markets affect communities in three domain areas (public safety, health, and economy).


The study uses data from a national survey of law enforcement agencies (n = 1,367) with narcotics officers to examine the operational characteristics of methamphetamine markets. The study found that the operational features of a market (the source of methamphetamine and the most common location for selling methamphetamine) can have a significant impact on the types of public safety, health, and economic programs that communities are experiencing. In particular, jurisdictions distinguished by largely semi-private markets (strip clubs and bars) are more likely to be characterized as localities that have a large public safety and health problem. Jurisdictions that are supplied by multiple local and international sources (compared to a single source) were more likely to be characterized as jurisdictions that have problems in the three domains. (Published Abstract)

Date Published: January 1, 2011