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NCJ Number: NCJ 180986     Find in a Library
Title: Drugs in the Heartland: Methamphetamine Use in Rural Nebraska, Research in Brief
Series: NIJ Research in Brief
Author(s): Denise C. Herz
Date Published: 04/2000
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-IJ-CX-0065
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Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The use of methamphetamine, which migrated from the West Coast to the Midwest and affected Omaha among other cities, is also being detected in rural areas of Nebraska.
Abstract: The Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program has revealed that use of methamphetamine, a powerful central nervous system stimulant, has increased among arrestees in several of the program's test sites. Among those sites was Omaha, where between 1990-98, the proportion of adult male arrestees who used the drug increased from less than 1 percent to more than 10 percent. To determine whether meth was also penetrating rural Nebraska, use patterns were measured in four rural counties, and the findings were compared with patterns in Omaha. In several respects, the rural counties resembled the city in the use of methamphetamine and the characteristics of users. Meth users, irrespective of area, were more likely to be white. Users in the rural counties were younger than those in the city. In certain respects, criminality was greater in the rural areas. Arrestees in the rural areas were just as likely as those in the city to manufacture meth, but were more likely to be involved in selling it. Meth users in the rural sites had more prior offenses than those in Omaha. On the other hand, the amount of illegal income and amount of money spent on drugs were higher among Omaha arrestees. 8 exhibits
Main Term(s): Drug use
Index Term(s): Offense statistics ; Amphetamines ; Drug law offenses ; Rural area studies ; Drug offenders ; Rural crime ; Rural urban comparisons ; Nebraska
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