Drug Use and Drug Markets in the Southwest: A Tale of Two Cities, Phoenix and Tucson

Nancy Rodriguez, Arizona State University - West
Charles M. Katz, Arizona State University - West
Vincent J. Webb, Arizona State University - West

Regional differences in drug use patterns have been documented using data from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program. However, these same data demonstrate substantial within-region variation exists. The research reported here examines the differences between two Southwestern cities, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. ADAM data collected in these two cities over the past several years indicates that the prevalence of methamphetamine use among the arrestee populations varies substantially even though the cities are in close geographic proximity and share many of the same population characteristics. The analyses in this paper explore this inter-city difference in the prevalence of methamphetamine use by focusing on individual arrestee characteristics, contextual dimensions (i.e., social structure indicators), and drug market dynamnics that have potential for explaining the inter-city difference.

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