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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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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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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 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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Pain Reliever Abuse-More Than a Fourfold Percentage Increase

Pain Reliever Abuse– More Than Fourfold Percentage Increase of U.S. Treatment Admissions The percentage of admissions to state-funded substance abuse treatment programs involving pain reliever abuse increased from 2.2% in 1998 to 9.8% in 2008, according to recently released data from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). While increases were seen across all age groups, […]

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Women and Substance Abuse-New Federal Study

Crime in America.Net  Summary: Women often report that stress, negative affect, and relationships precipitate initial use. In fact, women are often introduced to substance use by a significant relationship such as boyfriend, family member, or close friend. Parental alcohol use increases the prevalence of alcohol use disorders among women by at least 50 percent. Marriage […]

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18-39 billion dollars annually from U.S. go to Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers

Congressional Testimony Kevin L. Perkins, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI Anthony P. Placido, Assistant Administrator for Intelligence, DEA Statement Before the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control May 5, 2010 Chairman Feinstein, Co-Chairman Grassley, and distinguished members of the caucus, on behalf of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart and Federal […]

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70 percent of youth report past traumatic experience including physical or sexual abuse

Gentlereaders: Findings from the survey of youth in residential placement. Crime in America.Net The findings below are based on a recent document from the US Department of Justice regarding interviews with a nationally representative sample of 7,073 youth in custody during spring 2003. If one wonders why we have high levels of crime in America, one […]

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How to Find the Best Substance Abuse Programs-Crime in America.Net

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 […]

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Inebriated America: Summary of Three Federal Reports: Crime News

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 […]

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25 million individuals reported using an illicit drug: Crime News-Crime in America.Net

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 […]

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Crime News: National Study Shows Reverse in Decade-Long Declines in Teen Abuse of Drugs

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 […]

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11 Percent of Prison Inmates Get Drug Treatment: Crime Statistics

Gentlepeople: The report below states that 11 percent of prison inmates who need it receive drug treatment. It repeats findings of earlier studies. The same dilemma exists for inmates with mental health issues; the vast majority do not receive treatment. Ditto for offenders with educational and occupational deficiencies. The Pew Center for the States, the Sentencing […]

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