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Title: Comparison by Ethnic Group and City of the Criminal Activities of Narcotic Addicts
Journal: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease  Volume:174  Issue:2  Dated:(1986)  Pages:112-116
Author(s): D N Nurco; J W Shaffer; J C Ball; T W Kinlock; J Langrod
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: RO1 DA 03335
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To update results of earlier studies concerning the amount and type of crime committed by male drug addicts in urban areas, confidential interviews were conducted with addicts attending methadone maintenance clinics in Baltimore and New York.
Abstract: Samples were stratified by ethnic group (black and white in Baltimore; and black, white, and Hispanic in New York). The amount and type of crime were compared across groups, cities, and drug addiction status (actively addicted or not actively addicted) using different measures based on the concept of crime days per year at risk. Consistent with previous findings, drug addicts engaged in a great deal of criminal activity, especially during periods of active addiction. Differences in the amount and type of crime committed were found among ethnic groups and, to a lesser extent, between cities. For the Baltimore sample, a comparison of findings with those derived from a 1973-1978 data base suggested the amount of crime committed by drug addicts increased in several specific categories and overall. Minor differences in data, however, rendered this finding suggestive rather than conclusive. 8 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Caucasian/White Americans; Drug abuse; Drug dependence; Ethnic groups; Hispanic Americans; Maryland; Methadone maintenance; New York; Urban area studies; Urban criminality
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