War on Drugs:

Heroin Price, Purity, and Quantities Seized Over the Past 10 Years

GGD-92-95FS: Published: May 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the fluctuations in heroin's street price and purity levels, which are indicators of heroin availability, over the past 10 years, as well as data on heroin seizures, concentrating on seizures in New York City. GAO also provided information on the progress of the reduction in double-counting of drug seizures caused by multiple agencies reporting the same seizure.

GAO found that (1) the average price of heroin decreased slightly from 1982 to 1991; (2) the purity level of seized heroin increased from 1982 to 1991; (3) heroin seizures by all federal agencies increased; (4) heroin seizures in New York City decreased; and (5) progress on the reduction of double-counting has fluctuated, but double-counting has been a long-standing problem.

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