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ADAM II 2013 Annual Report: Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program II

NCJ Number
Dana Hunt; Meg Chapman; Sarah Jalbert; Ryan Kling; Yuli Almozlino; William Rhodes; Christopher Flygare; Kevin Neary; Caroline Nobo
Date Published
January 2014
156 pages

This Annual Report of data collected by the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring II (ADAM II) survey presents information on drug use and related issues from testing conducted on adult male arrestees within 48 hours of their arrest.


The proportion of arrestees who tested positive for any of the 10 drugs addressed by ADAM II ranged from 63 percent in Atlanta to 83 percent in Chicago and Sacramento. Arrestees testing positive for multiple drugs in their system ranged from 12 percent in Atlanta to 50 percent in Sacramento. Marijuana remained the most commonly detected drug in urine testing, from 34 percent of ADAM II arrestees testing positive in Atlanta to 59 percent in Sacramento. Those who obtained marijuana in the prior 30 days reported little difficulty in obtaining the drug, indicating an overall high availability of the drug in all sites. In 2013, cocaine use continued a significant decline in all sites since 2000. The self-reported use of crack cocaine in the prior 30 days declined significantly in all but New York (13 percent). For all sites, there has been an increasing trend in the proportion of ADAM II arrestees testing positive for opiates from 2000 to 2013. The proportion of ADAM II arrestees testing positive for opiates in Sacramento and Denver has significantly increased since 2000, doubling from 4 to 8 percent in Denver and increasing from 3 to 18 percent in Sacramento. These sites also showed significant increases in the use of methamphetamine among arrestees. From 4 to 10 percent of ADAM II arrestees reported obtaining a prescription drug without a valid prescription in the prior 30 days. Although the types of prescription drugs varied by site, tranquilizers/sedatives were the most commonly mentioned prescription drugs, followed by oxycodone. 53 tables and 20 figures