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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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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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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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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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Prohibition was wrong, but is legalizing marijuana right?

Crime in America.Net The Washington Post ran another insightful article by George Will maintaining that America is ready to once again legislate morality and run the life of American citizens. While I could not share the same literary sidewalk with George Will, I’m still puzzled. How does one rail against the issues plaguing society (as we […]

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Underage Drinking Hospital Visits Nearly Double over the 4th of July Weekend

There’s not much more to mention here beyond the fact that underage drinking leads a lot of young people into contact with the criminal justice system.  All of us with law enforcement experience came into contact with underage drinkers; it’s not unusual for marijuana use to be connected.  The typical case involves stupidity; loud noise or […]

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Why are states abandoning drug treatment? Crime in America.Net

Newsweek offers a compelling article stating that “Treatment for drug addiction works better and costs less than imprisonment alone. So why are states abandoning it?” “Of the 2.3 million inmates in the U.S., more than half have a history of substance abuse and addiction. Not all those inmates are imprisoned on drug-related charges (although drug […]

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Car Stops and Violent Crime Control: Crime in America.Net

One of us was operating a government vehicle (a fancier version than most) in a high-crime area and was pulled over by the police. The officer explained that he had not come to a full stop at a stop sign; an exaggeration at best.The officer asked him to explain his presence in the neighborhood. He pulled […]

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We’re not enforcing marijuana laws? Is this a surprise to anyone? Crime in America.Net

National news networks, Sarah Palin and a small town mayor are questioning arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana (see links below). We have endless conversations on this site and others about the legalization of marijuana. We have consistently said three things: People should not be arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana-we have […]

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Seven dollars for every dollar spent–So why don’t we support drug treatment? Crime in America.Net

The federal government has long claimed that there is a seven to one benefit ratio as to substance abuse treatment; for every dollar spent, we get seven dollars in benefits. If we were to tell you that you would get one dollar back for every dollar invested, would you buy that investment?  If General Motors […]

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2010 National Drug Control Strategy: Summary

You will hear a lot about the President Obama’s national drug control strategy in the coming weeks; here is a summary of the plan. See link below. The National Drug Control Strategy reflects a comprehensive approach to reducing drug use and its consequences. Endorsing a balance of prevention, treatment, and law enforcement, the strategy calls […]

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