Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Dependency in ADAM Arrestees

Natalie T. Lu, National Institute of Justice

NIJ's Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program recently introduced a new interview instrument that collects information from arrestees to assess their need for treatment for alcohol and other drug dependence and/or abuse. This paper will use that data to provide estimates of the percentage of arrestees who screen in as AOD dependent across the 35 data collection sites and describe their characteristics. The ADAM Year 2000 instrument contains a set of six items that screen respondents for dependence and abuse of drugs and alcohol. (The items were developed specifically for an arrestee population from tested clinical screens including CAGE and SUDDS-IV.) All self-reported drug-involved ADAM arrestees are now administered this brief screener. The data offer a reliable assessment of the need for treatment in the arrestee population in the extensive network of ADAM counties. This paper will describe the characteristics of arrestees across sites who meet the criteria for drug and alcohol abuse and dependence. These characteristics include age, sex, ethnicity, health insurance coverage status, employment status, type of drug most frequently used, and arrest charge.

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Updated 05/20/2006