Clarification: Crack Cocaine Has Not Faded Away


On March 8, Crime & Justice News excerpted a Knight Ridder Newspapers story on the decline in juvenile crime. One theme of the story was that teen lawbreaking had decreased because crack cocaine had “faded.”

Although violence related to the crack trade may have decreased, the actual amount of crack use as measured by federal surveys was about the same in 2004 as it was in the late 1980s. According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, about 484,000 Americans had used crack during the last 30 days in 1988; the 2004 figure was 467,000, and the previous year it was 604,000.


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