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Drug use powers youth crime

As crime continues its downward spiral nationwide, the number of juveniles using drugs, dealing drugs, and being arrested for drugs has been climbing. Newly released FBI statistics show that the number of juveniles charged with narcotics-related crimes has more than doubled since the beginning of the decade.

The number of arrests has jumped from 64,740 in 1990 to 147,107 by 1995. In the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the rise has been particularly startling. In 1994, 55 percent of juvenile arrestees tested positive for drug use, compared with just 16 percent in 1990.

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Excerpted from Law Enforcement News
Jan 31, 1997. 
© 1997, LEN Inc.  [ Subscribe.]