Bulletin no. 10: Economic modelling: Cost-effectiveness of three policy options

Rationale

We sought to inform the following stylized policy choice. A dependent heroin user has come to the attention of authorities in a form that allows a one-year prison term, a course of pharmacotherapy maintenance or a stay in a residential rehabilitation to be pursued (e.g. The individual has been arrested). How would each perform in terms of both program cost and reduction in drug use?