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 […]
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 […]
In October 2009, the National Youth Gang Center, which had been funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention since 1995, merged with the National Gang Center (NGC), which had been funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance since 2003. This new partnership recognizes that street gang activities transcend ages of the members […]