Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.13, No.4, 1997. pp. 401–416
Ratio Estimation of Hardcore Drug Use
Doug Wright, Joe Gfroerer, and Joan Epstein
Abstract:Levels of hardcore drug use have been especially difficult to estimate because of the relative rareness of the behavior, the difficulty of locating hardcore drug users, and the tendency to underreport stigmatized behavior. We present a new application of ratio estimation combining sample data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) together with population counts of the number of persons arrested in the past year (from the Uniform Crime Report) and the number of persons in drug treatment programs in the past year (from the National Drug and Alcoholism Treatment Unit Survey). The population counts serve as a benchmark accounting for undercoverage and underreporting of hard-drug users.
Keywords:Ratio estimation; benchmarking; hard core drug use.
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