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International ADAM Program: Comparing Drug Use Prevalence Rates Among Arrestees in the USA and England

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B Taylor; T Bennett
Date Published
24 pages
This report describes the International Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (I-ADAM) program and presents tables on the prevalence of drug abuse among arrestees in the United States and England.
ADAM is the name for the redesigned Drug Use Forecasting program that the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) created in 1987 as one of the United States government's main sources of information on drug use among arrestees in cities and as one of the main research tools on drug use, crime, and related social indicators. A component of the ADAM program is the development of an international drug surveillance system among arrestees. I-ADAM is envisioned as a research partnership among criminal justice organizations across the world. I-ADAM will be one of the few international drug prevalence measures that indicates the consequences of drug abuse within and across national boundaries. I-ADAM is designed as a standardized international drug surveillance system in that countries will use similar instruments, sampling design, training, and other protocols. The first strategic planning meeting took place in Miami in April 1998 and helped chart a practical and attainable course of activities for the coming months. NIJ will provide the technical assistance required to initiate and operate each I-ADAM site and will conduct at least one visit to each site. ADAM staff conducted their first I-ADAM site visit in June to the United Kingdom. The next main task for I-ADAM is the development of an infrastructure. Results of the first I-ADAM data analysis project will be presented at NIJ's Research and Evaluation Conference in July 1998. Figure and tables