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NCJ Number: 186657 Find in a Library
Title: Methadone Clients, Crime, and Substance Use
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:44  Issue:6  Dated:December 2000  Pages:667-680
Author(s): Susan Patterson; Jeremy Davey; C. J. Lennings
Editor(s): Adrienne Palermo R.N.
Date Published: December 2000
Page Count: 14
Publisher: http://www.sagepub.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article attempts to identify the scope, frequency, and types of criminal behavior of a selected sample of respondents in methadone maintenance (MM) programs; the nature of the continued substance use of MM clients; and the relationships between possible predictor variables and the degree and type of criminality among MM clients.
Abstract: This article examines self-reported criminal activity in a sample of 86 methadone maintained opioid addicts. Of those sampled, 52 percent reported some criminal offending, with drug-related and property crimes accounting for the majority of the offending. One quarter of the females in the sample were involved in prostitution. Of all the demographic factors used in this study, only gender discriminated between the sample in terms of level of offending, with females reporting the highest crime rates. Heroin use and crime measures were also associated with persistent criminality related to the continued use of heroin. An analysis of the heroin use and criminality association found that only female gender predicted both increased rates of heroin use and increased rates of criminality. Implications of this finding are discussed. References
Main Term(s): Methadone maintenance
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment programs; Heroin maintenance; Methadone
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