SANDAG newsletter provides information on key projects
Drug use prevalent among adult arrestees
The 2006 Adult Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region, just released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division, is the second in a series highlighting findings from data collected as part of the Substance Abuse Monitoring (SAM) program. With funding from the SANDAG Criminal Justice Clearinghouse, these data have been reported on an annual basis, providing useful information to policymakers, as well as law enforcement, prevention, and treatment professionals regarding drug use trends over time.
The new report shows a number of findings about adults who are arrested in the San Diego region.
As part of the SAM project, arrestees are approached (using a random sampling method) within 48 hours of their arrest and booking into jail. If the arrestee is available and willing to participate in a confidential survey, s/he is asked a series of questions related to her/his drug use history and to provide a urine sample for drug testing. In 2006, interviews with 516 male arrestees were conducted at the Vista and Central Jails and 254 interviews with female arrestees were conducted at Las Colinas. Seven hundred thirty-six (736) of these arrestees also provided a valid urine sample for analysis.
This research bulletin includes updated information regarding self-reported drug use, the results of urinalysis trends since 2000, factors related to drug use, participation in other risky behaviors, and prior receipt of drug and/or mental health treatment. In addition, new information regarding reentry from prison is presented and the drug market section has been expanded.
In 2006, this data collection effort was generously supported by the California Border Alliance Group (CBAG) and County of San Diego Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS). Their support, as well as the cooperation of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, is gratefully acknowledged.
The first SAM bulletin, summarizing results of juvenile interviews, was released in June 2007. The third SAM bulletin, with information from a methamphetamine addendum, will be released later this month.