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Multivariate Analysis of the Sociodemographic Predictors of Methamphetamine Production and Use

NCJ Number
245042
Journal
Crime and Delinquency Volume: 59 Issue: 3 Dated: April 2013 Pages: 443-467
Author(s)
Todd A. Armstrong; Gaylene S. Armstrong
Date Published
April 2013
Length
25 pages
Annotation

This research further examined community characteristics associated with methamphetamine production and use has found that the community-level sociodemographic predictors of methamphetamine production and use vary from those of drug use in general. 

Abstract

To date, research testing the community characteristics associated with methamphetamine production and use has found that the community-level sociodemographic predictors of methamphetamine production and use vary from those of drug use in general. In this study, the authors furthered the research in this area using data from all 102 counties in Illinois. These data included measures of sociodemographic characteristics taken from the U.S. census, measures of methamphetamine production and use, and a measure of arrests for controlled-substance violations. Negative binomial regression models showed that poverty and the racial and ethnic compositions of communities were the strongest and most consistent predictors of the authors' methamphetamine measures. The results also showed that the sociodemographic characteristics associated with methamphetamine measures were different in important ways from those associated with arrests for controlled-substance violations.