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ADAM II 2008 Annual Report: Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program II

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Date Published
May 2009
146 pages
This 2008 Annual Report of the ADAM (Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring) II program presents data and information on drug use and related issues from adult male arrestees obtained from face-to-face interviews and urine tests for 10 illicit drugs at 10 sites throughout the Nation.
Across the 10 sites, the percentage of arrestees voluntarily interviewed who tested positive for at least 1 of the 10 substances ranged from 49 percent (Washington, DC) to 87 percent (Chicago). This level of drug use is consistent with that found in 7 of the 10 sites in 2007, with statistically significant decreases in Atlanta, GA; Portland, OR; and Washington, DC. Fifteen to 40 percent of all arrestees providing urine samples tested positive for multiple substances. Marijuana continued to be the most commonly detected illegal substance among arrestees in all but the Atlanta site, where more arrestees tested positive for cocaine use. In 2008, over 40 percent of arrestees in 8 of the 10 sites tested positive for marijuana at the time of arrest, a proportion that has not changed significantly in any site since 2007. Cocaine was the second most commonly detected drug in 2008, except for the Atlanta site. Despite broad geographic differences in the 10 counties that participated in the ADAM II program, arrestees across sites were similar in many respects. In 2008, the age range of arrestees was between 32 and 35 in all but two of the sites (slightly higher in Atlanta and Washington, DC.), and just over 84 percent of arrestees in all sites were U.S. citizens. Over half of arrestees in 7 of the 10 sites reported that they were working at the time of their arrests. In all but three sites, less than half reported having any form of health insurance. 32 tables, 3 exhibits, 17 figures, and appended ADAM II program methodology and site fact sheets

Date Published: May 1, 2009