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Criminality Among Narcotic Addicts in Baltimore: The Role of Nonnarcotic Drugs, 1973-1978 (ICPSR 8604)

Principal Investigator(s): Nurco, David


This study investigated the frequency with which various nonnarcotic substances were used by male narcotic addicts and the relation of these substances to different types of criminal activity during periods of active addiction and periods of non- addiction. The variables were designed to facilitate an analysis of narcotic addicts as crime risks, patterns of nonnarcotic drug use, and the percentage of illegal income addicts obtained during periods of addiction compared with periods of nonaddiction. Information is included concerning types of narcotic drug use, crime patterns, and use of marijuana, cocaine, barbiturates, amphetamines, and Librium.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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Study Description


Nurco, David. Criminality Among Narcotic Addicts in Baltimore: The Role of Nonnarcotic Drugs, 1973-1978. ICPSR08604-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-0031)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime, criminal justice system, drug use, drugs, marijuana

Geographic Coverage:    Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1952--1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1973-07--1978-01

Universe:    Population of known narcotic offenders arrested by the Baltimore police department between 1952 and 1976.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The sample consists of 354 male narcotic addicts who were selected from a population of 6149 known narcotic offenders arrested by the Baltimore police department between 1952 and 1976. The sample was stratified by race and year of police contact. These 354 sample addicts were selected because they had used addictive narcotic drugs at least four days per week for a period of more than one month. The majority of subjects were heroin addicts.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-01-12

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8604.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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