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Study: Most Criminals Use Drugs, Lack Treatment

Friday, May 24th, 2013

handcuffsA new government report has found that most criminals are drug users and also that they lack adequate treatment for substance abuse. Researchers drug tested men arrested in five U.S. cities—Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Sacramento—and found that more than 60% of the men tested positive for at least one illegal drug within 48 hours of their arrest. In Chicago, 86% of the arrested men tested positive for drugs.

Marijuana was the most popular drug among all the regions and showed up in over half of the drug tests. Meth was more popular in Sacramento and Denver and less common in Chicago, New York and Atlanta, where fewer than 1% tested positive for meth.

Compared to statistics from 2011, cocaine use declined nationwide and the use of opiates increased in Denver and Sacramento and decreased in New York and Chicago. Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske noted that 70 percent of the men arrested had never received substance abuse treatment. Other government statistics report that a majority of jail and state prison inmates abuse or are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

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Source: USA Today Study: Most criminals abuse drugs, lack treatment

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