Drug Buying Behavior Among Chicago Arrestees

Pamela Loose, NORC, University of Chicago
Arthur Lurigio, Loyola University of Chicago

ABSTRACT
Several police departments utilize drug hot spot as a tool to focus their law enforcement efforts. The present research in the field has limited knowledge of the effectiveness of this trend. The goal of this research was to examine the differences in drug buying behavior among Chicago arrestees by race and zip code. Individuals were interviewed through the Chicago Arrestee drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) Program. Participants were recruited for a personal interview in which they were asked questions regarding their level of drug use and characteristics regarding how those drugs were obtained. Specifically, this study looks at how respondents contacted their drug source, the place the respondent purchased: marijuana, crack cocaine and powder cocaine, and whether these drugs were purchased within the respondent's neighborhood. Implications for law enforcement practices will also be discussed.

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