A study based on jailhouse interviews found that almost 75 percent of inmates booked into the jail in Washington State’s Snohomish County were on drugs at the time of their arrest. That compares with 68 percent of arrestees in King County (Seattle), the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
The heavier the drug use, the more frequent the arrests, said the study by Looking Glass Analytics in Olympia. It included face-to-face inmate interviews, plus urinalysis tests. All 512 subjects were male.
Marijuana was the arrestees’ drug of choice, with 39.9 percent using it. Next was methamphetamine, at 19.5 percent, and cocaine, at 18.7 percent. Almost a third of the subjects were using more than one substance when they were brought in. About 40 percent of the inmates were classified as drug-dependent, 25 percent as alcohol-dependent.