Marijuana – The most detected drug among arrestees

Image of Jail CellThe Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring II (ADAM II) uses statistically-sampled, volunteer arrestees to interview and provide urine specimens that are tested for evidence of drug use. Urinalysis results are matched to arrestee characteristics to help monitor trends in drug use. ADAM II provides an objective biological measure of drug use in addition to self-reported drug use among those arrested and charged with crimes.

According to the data found from ADAM II, Marijuana continues to be the most commonly detected drug among U.S. male arrestees; the percentage of arrestees testing positive for marijuana ranged from 37% to 58% across five states in 2012. Additionally, cocaine was the second most commonly detected drug in four of the five sites – although cocaine positives have declined significantly among arrestees in all sites over the last ten years.

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