Drug Consumption in Colombia

32 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2016

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Adriana Camacho

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Alejandro Gaviria

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Catherine Rodriguez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 28, 2016

Abstract

This paper examines the evolution of drug use in Colombia over the past years. Our analysis, based on surveys from the Dirección Nacional de Estupefacientes, shows that drug consumption grew substantially between 1996 and 2013. The growth occurred for both genders, all ages, socioeconomic strata and types of occupation. The results also suggest that men of high socioeconomic strata who regularly consume alcohol and cigarettes and who are between 18 and 24 years of age are more likely to use drugs. Finally, the paper presents some indirect evidence that contradicts the alleged effects of the judgment of the Constitutional Court (Sentencia C-221 of May 1994) that decriminalized the personal dose on the consumption of drugs in Colombia.

Keywords: Drugs, decriminalization

JEL Classification: D12, I18

Suggested Citation

Camacho, Adriana and Gaviria, Alejandro and Rodriguez, Catherine, Drug Consumption in Colombia (November 28, 2016). Documento CEDE No. 2016-36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877199 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2877199

Adriana Camacho (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

Alejandro Gaviria

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

Catherine Rodriguez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

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