Profiling Methamphetamine Users in Six Southwestern States: Revealing Trends Among Arrestees Since 1998

Wayne J. Pitts, University of New Mexico

The Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program measures the extent of drug use in the high-risk population of people who have been arrested and booked. Previous research has shown that methamphetamine use among the national arrestee population has increased substantially since 1990 (National Institute of Justice 1996, 1999; Herz 2000). This study will use ADAM data for male arrestees collected at twelve ADAM sites in six Southwestern states including: California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. All data for male arrestees are collected using probability-based sampling. Data are collected using interviewer administered questionnaires and urinalyses obtained voluntarily and recorded confidentially within 48 hours of arrest. Applying logistic regression as an analysis tool, this study will use methamphetamine urinalysis results as the dichotomous dependent variable (i.e., those who tested positive for methamphetamines vs. those who did not). Several independent variables will be considered including demographic characteristics, alcohol and drug abuse behaviors including risks for dependence, marketing behaviors, and history of criminal justice involvement in order to profile methamphetamine users since 1998.

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