How Much Do Manhattan-Arrestees Spend on Drugs?

Andrew Lang Golub, N. D. R. I., Inc.
Bruce D. Johnson, N. D. R. I., Inc.

In 2000, the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) progam added an extensive section of questions regarding drug market participation, allowing for more precise calculations of the size and expense of arrestees' drug habits. This paper examines how size and expense vary across ADAM-Manhattan 2000-02 arrestees according to drugs used, frequency of use, and various demographic characteristics as well as current arrest charge, number of prior arrests, history of incarceration, and history of drug treatment. The conclusion examines the policy implications for New York City's persistent offender program as well as its coordination of drug abuse treatment and criminal justice programs.

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Updated 05/20/2006