Geography, Polydrug Use, and Criminal Involvement of Arrested MDMA Users

James C. Hendrickson, NORC at University of Chicago
Dean R. Gerstein, NORC at the University of Chicago

Reports of 34 methylenedioxymethamphetamiune (MDMA, "ecstasy") use have increased dramatically in recent years in the United States. However, relatively little research is available on the extent of MDMA use among criminal justice populations, correlates with other drug use in these populations, and potential implications for criminal justice and related agencies. This analysis will use approximately 75,000 completed interviews and urinalyses from the 2000 through 2003 Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program (ADAM). We will compare the age, ethnic composition, geographic distributions of use, alcohol and polydrug use, criminal justice history and involvement, and drug market roles and participation of arrested MDMA and non MDMA drug users.

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