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By John Ashcroft, Deborah J. Daniels and Sarah V. Hart


NIJ has fully implemented the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program. Re-engineered from the previous Drug Use Forecasting (DUF) program, the new ADAM program includes standard interview and data collection protocols across 35 sites, and probability-based sampling. Additionally, ADAM remains the only national research program on drug use to employ both interview and drug testing measures of participants. ADAM interview data provide information about many issues in addition to drug use. The newly designed ADAM interview protocol includes in depth focus on five primary drugs and patterns of use; a validated drug use dependency and abuse scale; self-reported participation in inpatient, outpatient, and mental health treatment; prior arrest history; and drug acquisition and recent use patterns. Most importantly, new protocols include elements common and comparable to other national drug data sets. In 2000, the ADAM program collected drug use data from more than 40,000 adult male arrestees and 9,000 adult female arrestees using a newly designed instrument that both preserves the key drug use measures of the old instrument (i.e., DUF) but considerably extends the utility of the interview data through new features (491 variables). As a priority topic under the 2002 DRP Solicitation, NIJ is now requesting proposals for secondary data analysis using existing ADAM/DUF data (1987–2000)

Year: 2002
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