Data Suggests Drug Treatment Can Lower U.S. Crime

U.S. crime statistics show illegal drugs play a central role in criminal acts, providing new evidence that tackling drugs as a public health issue could offer a powerful tool for lowering national crime rates, officials said on Thursday.

Based on thousands of arrestee interviews and drug tests, the study showed that on average 71 percent of men arrested in 10 U.S. metropolitan areas last year tested positive for an illegal substance at the time they were taken into custody.

According to Dr. Redonna Chandler of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 5 million of an estimated 7 million Americans who live under criminal justice supervision would benefit from drug treatment intervention. But only 7.6 percent actually receive treatment.

The 2011 Adam II Annual Report can be accessed at: http://www.whitehouse.gov//sites/default/files/email-files/adam_ii_2011_annual_rpt_web_version_corrected.pdf

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/17/us-usa-drugs-idUSBRE84G06G20120517

Source:  Reuters.com – May 17, 2012

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