70 percent of men arrested in Mpls last year had illegal drugs in their system [GRAPHIC]

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85 percent of under-21 males arrested last year in Minneapolis had illegal drugs in their system, the study finds.
Seventy percent of men arrested in Minneapolis last year had illegal drugs in their system, according to a report released yesterday by a federal drug-monitoring program.

The report looked at drug use rates for arrestees in 10 large American cities, and Minneapolis' 70-percent rate ranked fifth highest.

In 2011, 52 percent of men arrested in Minneapolis tested positive for marijuana, 20 percent for cocaine, 10 percent for an opiate, and four percent for meth. Twenty-one percent were under the influence of multiple illegal drugs.

As far as trends go, the study shows that from 2000 through last year, cocaine use among Minneapolis' male arrestees declined, while opiate use is on the rise. Marijuana and meth use held relatively steady. About 28 percent of arrestees tested positive for cocaine in 2007, compared to 20 percent last year. On the flipside, the rate of those under the influence of opiates when arrested roughly doubled from 2000 through last year.

In a finding that may come as a surprise for those who think smoking pot mellows people out, 54 percent of those arrested in Minneapolis for violent crimes last year tested positive for marijuana. Each and every single man arrested for drug distribution tested positive for an illegal substance.

In a summary of the findings, an MSNBC report quotes Gil Kerlikowske, director of national drug control policy, as saying the data "confirm that we must address our drug problem as a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue."

"We cannot simply arrest our way out of the drug problem," he added.

If you're curious, here's a graphic comparing the percent of men testing positive for illegal drugs across the 10 cities studied:
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Drug Addiction Treatment
Drug Addiction Treatment

I think this just shows how INEFFECTIVE the war on drugs - and prohibition in general - really are.  Did the study say how many of these people were recidivists?  Most drug offenders will commit "crimes" again.  Nonviolent crimes, but they are "criminals" in the legal sense, and they do go to jail.  We need to focus on treatment, not punishment.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Seems someone never took a course in argument. You may as well have an article that graphs the number of delicious home-cooked meals each criminal had consumed prior to arrest. Correlation ≠ Causation and Post hoc ergo propter hoc...(though to be fair, it never shows causation...however the publication of such findings practically implies it).

Also, this is impossible...America won the war on drugs in 2002.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

I don't know how Mpls does it, but I've never heard of mandatory ua's for arrestees

Bigcurtis
Bigcurtis

What percent were under the influence of fast food?  Sugary breakfast cereal?

What?
What?

Just because it was in their system doesn't mean they were under the influence when they were arrested.

MLK
MLK

Interesting how no racial statistics were included in this article. Hmm.

atrupar
atrupar

 Good point. I've edited the story to make that distinction.

LegalizeItAll
LegalizeItAll

So what does this tell you? That people are going to do what they want, when they want, no matter how big the nanny. Now lets do that article on how many people were arrested for an incident DIRECTLY related to alcohol, under the influence of said alcohol.  Then tell me how much they "care" about our health and safety.  

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Ah, one of "the others". I didn't think there were any of us left.

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