Richard Stevenson directs the Health Economics Unit
and lectures in the Department of Economics at Liverpool
University in the United Kingdom. He has done research and has
published in many areas of health economics. His interest in
illegal drugs stems from concern for the welfare of users and
from the study of the economics of neonatal intensive care for
low-birthweight infants, some of whom are born addicted to
Publications on drug matters include
Winning the War on Drugs: To Legalise or Not?
(London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 1994); and
Harm Reduction, Rational Addiction and the Optimal
Prescribing of Illegal Drugs
(Contemporary Economic Policy 12 [July 1994]: 101-08).