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NCJ Number: 148230 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Use Prevalence Among Offenders (From Psychology and Law: International Perspectives, P 105-110, 1992, Friedrich Losel, Doris Bender, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-148224)
Author(s): S Brochu; L Desjardins; A Douyon; C Forget
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Walter de Gruyter & Co
1 Berlin 30, Germany United
Sale Source: Walter de Gruyter & Co
Genthiner Str 13
1 Berlin 30,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Germany (Unified)
Annotation: Aggregate data were obtained from three simultaneous studies conducted in Canada to evaluate the prevalence of drug use by both adult and young offenders.
Abstract: Data were collected through structured interviews; in addition, adults completed the Drug Abuse Screening Test. Of 453 interviewed offenders, 224 were adults (130 men and 94 women) and 229 were young offenders (175 boys and 54 girls). With offenders reporting their drug use over a 12-month period, cannabis was the most popular drug for every group except women. Cocaine followed cannabis in popularity, but its price contributed to the fact that more adults used it than adolescents. Adult drug users tended to be regular users, while young offenders tended to be experimental users. About 58 percent of both male and female offenders experienced at least a moderate level of drug abuse. 19 references and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Drug use
Index Term(s): Adult offenders; Canada; Cocaine; Corrections; Drug abuse; Drug offenders; Foreign crime statistics; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; Youthful offenders
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