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ADAM II: 2008 Annual Report

NCJ Number
Date Published
April 2009
151 pages
This 2008 Annual Report presents data from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM II) program, which is designed to collect information on drug use and related issues from adult male arrestees within 48 hours of their arrest.
In all 10 ADAM II sites in 2008, from 49 percent (Washington, DC) to 87 percent (Chicago) of all arrestees interviewed tested positive for at least 1 substance in their systems at the time of arrest. This level of drug use was consistent with that found in 7 of the 10 sites in 2007, with a statistically significant decrease in Atlanta, Portland, and Washington, DC. Fifteen to 40 percent of all arrestees in all sites tested positive for multiple substances in 2008. Marijuana continues to be the most commonly detected illegal substance among arrestees in all sites but Atlanta, where more arrestees tested positive for cocaine use. With the exception of Atlanta, cocaine was the second most commonly detected substance among arrestees in 2008. Chicago led the 10 sites in the proportion of arrestees testing positive for opiates (29 percent) in 2008. In the other sites, the percentage of arrestees using heroin was small. Methamphetamine use remained primarily a regional phenomenon; in Sacramento and Portland, 35 percent and 15 percent, respectively, tested positive for methamphetamine in 2008. Arrestees were asked about their use of drugs other than the aforementioned drugs, and they were tested for a panel of 10 drugs. Information is provided on arrestees' use of these other drugs in 2008. This report also presents information on the ADAM II program, comparing it to the earlier ADAM program that operated from 2000 through 2003, and profiles the ADAM II sample. 31 tables, 13 figures, and appended ADAM II program methodology and site fact sheets