Nearly 2/3 of Adult Males Arrested in Denver Test Positive for Illegal Drugs At Time of Arrest

Source: ONDCP News Release, June 15, 2011

New Data Highlight Need for Diverting Non-Violent Drug Offenders into Treatment Instead of Jail, Expanding Drug Treatment for Incarcerated Addicts 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released the 2010 Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Annual Report (ADAM II).  The 2010 report reveals that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of adult males arrested for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies in Denver tested positive for at least one drug, illustrating the link between drug use and crime and highlighting the importance of Obama Administration drug policies designed to break the cycle of drug use, arrest, incarceration, release, and re-arrest.

Some key findings from the report:

  • Nearly two-thirds (63.3 percent) of arrestees tested positive for at least one drug in 2010, a slight decline from 2009 at 70 percent; 14 percent tested positive for two or more drugs.
  • Marijuana (40 percent) is most frequently detected drug among those arrested, followed by cocaine (19 percent), benzodiazepines (7 percent), and meth (4 percent).
  • Fewer arrestees tested positive for cocaine in 2010, dropping48 percent between 2007 (37 percent) and 2010 (19 percent).

ADAM II is a unique Federal data collection program that shows drug use patterns among arrestees. In each of the ten U.S. counties included in the program, data are collected from adult male arrestees, through voluntary interviews and drug tests, within 48 hours of arrest.  The sample is drawn from all individuals arrested, not just those arrested on drug charges.   The results provide vital information regarding drug use behavior among booked arrestees and the nexus between drug use and criminal behavior for local communities. Tests are conducted to detect the presence of the following drugs: marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines/methamphetamine, Darvon, PCP, benzodiazepines, methadone, and barbiturates. ADAM II does not test for alcohol.

To view the entire report, click here.