Examining Issues of Drug Prevalence and Need for Treatment in a Midwestern State's Recent Arrestee Population

William R. Crawley, Grand Valley State University
William Wakefield, University of Nebraska at Omaha

ABSTRACT
The Midwest US has witnessed an increase in drug use and its impact on the criminal justice system in recent years. While large-scale research initiatives have provided some general data, they have also demonstrated that drug activities are specific to geographic regions. Consequently, this variation by region and lack of local data has left policy makers in central states with a 'knowledge gap' regarding drug prevalence data. Data collected (official, self-report and screened data) as part of the current research initiative has offered a unique opportunity to assess drug prevalence and need for treatment, generally and for specific drugs in a recent arrestee population for a Midwestern region.

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Updated 05/20/2006