25 Million Americans Are Monthly Drug Users

From Crime in America.Net: A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America. The report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of […]

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24 Million Americans Are Current Drug Users

This report presents the first information from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Illicit Drug Use In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users, meaning they had used […]

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Half of arrestees have marijuana in their system. Drug use increases.

Crime in America We just posted another article yesterday about marijuana, see http://crimeinamerica.net/2011/01/24/marijuana-use-continues-to-increase-as-perceived-risk-decreases/. It’s always interesting to us that we could write on some of the most controversial topics imaginable yet there’s no topic that brings more e-mails and phone calls than this one. People are passionate about pot. There are plenty of people who […]

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Marijuana Use Continues to Increase as Perceived Risk Decreases

Crime in America Heavens, we were told by marijuana advocates that this wouldn’t happen; that the debate about the endless medical and recreational wonders of pot would not increase use in the general population. We were also told that marijuana use doesn’t affect the ability to drive a car and that there is no connection […]

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25 percent of US children have families with alcohol problems

Crime in America An estimated 25 percent of all children in the United States (about 27.8 million) are affected by or exposed to a family alcohol problem per the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMSHA encourages all who share this experience to tell their stories, see the website for the National Association […]

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More Americans Using Drugs. Marijuana Increases. Use by Kids Grows. Baby Boomers Record Large Gains.

 Crime in America.Net Gentlereaders: Drug use continues to increase. Criminology 101—increased drug use means more crime.   Criminology is filled with endless references to drug use and criminality; see http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/232790.pdf for the latest example from the Department of Justice. The United States has recorded fairly steady decreases in crime for the last twenty years and […]

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Emergency room visits for pharmaceutical drugs double

Crime in America.Net Gentlepeople: The two reports below provide some perspective as to drug use in the United States. The reports deal with emergency room visits, not overall drug use. Emergency room visits are considered a barometer of extreme drug use or use by those with limited experience with that drug.  They act as an […]

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Early Marijuana Use Leads to Later Drug Abuse

Crime in America.Net Well, just in time for the California vote to legalize marijuana, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) telling us that if you started using marijuana at a young age you are six times more likely to use drugs in the past year. Before the pro-marijuana crowd rushes […]

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New cocaine users continue to decrease to the lowest number since 1973. Marijuana and ecstasy increase.

Crime in America.Net Use of Prescription Pain Relievers Remains Stable Our analysis: The news on first time use of cocaine is wonderful considering the connection between cocaine and the considerable upswings in crime connected to cocaine in the 1970’s and 1980’s. With all the publicity directed towards non-medical use of prescription drugs it’s great to […]

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Are America’s Record Lows for Violent Crime Over?

Does Increasing Drug Use Mean More Crime? Crime in America.Net Data presented below from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the federal government indicates that drug use is increasing. Although alcohol use (the major correlate with violent crime) seems to be steady (see http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/08/31/alcohol-use-stable-over-past-70-years/) there is also data suggesting that substance abuse for […]

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The Marijuana Debate Continues

Dear readers: We apologize to those who complain that we are focusing too much on the legalization of marijuana. We will return to other topics soon. For those following the issue, this post is a continued discussion on the possibility of voters legalizing marijuana, see http://crimeinamerica.net/category/drugs-marijuana-legalization/ and  comments for background. Arron is a writer for CannaCentral, see http://cannacentral.com/. Best, […]

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6.2 million people misused prescription drugs in the past month.

Gentlereaders: Alcohol use is stable over the last 70 years and drug use for the last decade  declined. While it’s difficult (if not impossible) to take something as complex as substance abuse and make general statements, we are concerned that the increase in prescription drug abuse indicates an “acceptable” level of drug use. All substance abuse has […]

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Alcohol Use Stable Over Past 70 Years

Dear readers: Alcohol use is heavily connected to violent crime; more than any other substance. The connection is unremarkable noting the frequency of alcohol consumption; the more a substance is used, the more it will show up in crime statistics (this also applies to marijuana). Please note that crime statistics increase and decrease from year to year […]

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Marijuana: People Do Incredibly Stupid Things Under the Influence

Dear Readers: The commentary below was created for the Los Angeles Times and was not on the website of the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the time of this post, thus the article is offered as the Times ran it. The link to the Times article is http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0825-kerlikowske-marijuana-20100825,0,5131241.story. The commentary takes on the proposed legalization […]

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The Drug-Crime Connection Remains Strong. Marijuana is the Prominent Drug

Whenever we post statistics about the marijuana-crime connection, we get a ton of e-mails from disbelievers who feel that any connection is completely overblown. The principal research for the marijuana-crime connection is the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM II) program (see below) which consistently states that, out of all illegal drugs, marijuana has the strongest […]

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