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The Economics of Drugs

  • Pikes Peak Community College 5675 South Academy Boulevard Colorado Springs, CO, 80906 United States (map)


Drugs, legal and illegal, are subject to the basic economic laws of supply and demand and the discipline of the market. Your students--and their parents--are interested in, if not fascinated by, the topic. As a teacher, you should be well-informed and help students separate economic fact from fiction. Attend this class and discuss topics like: Why do farmers grow poppies in Afghanistan? What economic policies helped the Mexican drug lord El Chapo get rich, get imprisoned and then escape? Why can the price of a 62-year old prescription drug go from $13.50 a tablet to $750 “overnight”? What does economic theory suggest about societal wars on drugs or legalization? And what’s going on with the marijuana industry in Colorado and how is it evolving? Drugs--a topic sure to generate a lot of buzz, so sign up early.


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