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 […]
More Americans Using Drugs. Marijuana Increases. Use by Kids Grows. Baby Boomers Record Large Gains.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This report presents national-level data from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) for substance abuse treatment admissions in 2008, and trend data for 1998 to 2008. The report provides information on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of admissions to treatment aged 12 and older for abuse of alcohol and/or drugs in facilities that […]
People need to find the most effective substance abuse interventions. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is one of a few (very few) federal agencies providing a detailed approach to operations. Other agencies claim adherence to an evidence-based approach but SAMHSA actually does it. They provide a searchable database of proven programs that fit specific needs. For example, if […]
You can go back to the earliest records of crime in America and find plenty of references to extreme alcohol use. America is a country settled by the poor and working class (and a considerable number of convicts from England) who brought their love of liquor with them. Criminal activity throughout this country’s history was […]
Crime in America.Net staff. There are approximately 20 indicators of criminal activity involving national data and virtually all point to declining crime. Per a reader’s request, we created a series on what categories are running contrary to this trend. These include; arrests and incarceration are up for women offenders, incarceration is up slightly (although leveling off and […]
Crime in America.Net staff We often take complex and sometimes unreadable government documents and summarize them for your reading enjoyment. The document below, however, is one of the best summations we’ve seen by any government entity. It’s shocking to think that government “might” know how to communicate without boring its readers half-to- death. Before offering […]
Gentlereaders: One of the astounding findings from the last 10 to 20 years is the decrease in criminality across a wide variety of measures from reported crimes to crime surveys to drug use to abused kids to many additional measures. But the data below is disturbing. A basic tenant of criminology is the connection between […]
Monitoring the Future: A Mix of Good News, Troubling Trends–Results of the 2009–Monitoring the Future (MTF) study: Show decreases among some grades in the use of cocaine, methamphetamine, and hallucinogens. The MTF data also document the disturbing prevalence of abuse among teens of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. They show, for example, that seven of […]