Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring II in the United States, 2012 (Restricted Use) (ICPSR 34821)

Published: Aug 29, 2013

Principal Investigator(s):
Dana Hunt, Abt Associates


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The Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring II, 2012 is a collection of interview and bioassay data provided by over 3000 arrestees from five county sites within the United States. Under the sponsorship of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the ADAM II program monitors drug use and related behaviors (treatment experiences, housing stability, drug market activity, age at first use, employment, etc.) in a probability based sample of male adult arrestees within 48 hours of their arrest. The five ADAM II sites for 2012 were: Atlanta, GA (Fulton County and the City of Atlanta); Chicago, IL (Cook County); Denver, CO (Denver County); New York, NY (Borough of Manhattan); and Sacramento, CA (Sacramento County). The 2012 survey represents the sixth year of ADAM II and includes data from 1,938 interviews and 1,736 urine tests that were conducted at the five ADAM II sites over a 21-day period, between April 30 and July 29, 2012. The samples from these sites were weighted to represent over 14,000 arrests of adult males in the five counties. ADAM II data include official records, arrestee responses from a 20-minute face-to-face interview, and results from voluntary urine samples which tested for the presence of nine different drugs. Identifying information on the arrestees was not retained or shared with law enforcement. Demographic variables include age, gender, race, arrest date and time, county of arrest, number and type(s) of offense(s), education, work status, and language of interview.

Hunt, Dana. Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring II in the United States, 2012 (Restricted Use). Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-08-29.

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This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To protect respondent privacy, this data collection is restricted from general dissemination. ONDCP would like to be notified when the data files are requested to be used. To obtain this file, researchers must agree to the terms and conditions of a Restricted Data Use Agreement in accordance with existing ICPSR servicing policies.

2012-04-30 -- 2012-07-29

2012-06-10 -- 2012-07-08 (New York data)

2012-06-04 -- 2012-06-24 (Chicago data)

2012-05-07 -- 2012-05-27 (Denver data)

2012-04-30 -- 2012-05-20 (Atlanta data)

2012-07-09 -- 2012-07-29 (Sacramento data)

For additional information, please refer to the ADAM II 2012 Annual Report.

There are date discrepancies between the data, the Technical Documentation Report, and the ADAM II 2012 Annual Report. The data reference collection dates from April 30, 2012 to July 29, 2012. No additional information was provided.

Since the ADAM program was reinstated by ONDCP as ADAM II in 2007, all instrumentation, sampling, and data collection protocols that were utilized in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded ADAM program (2000 to 2003) have been replicated in the current ADAM II sites, permitting trend analysis from 2000 to 2012.

The original 35 counties in ADAM (2000-2003) were selected through a competitive grant process sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). In 2007 for ADAM II, ONDCP selected 10 counties from the original 35 based on geographic distribution (to represent different regional drug use) and adequacy of prior data (complete quarters of collection from 2000-2003). In 2012, ADAM II limited collection to 5 of the 10 counties from 2007. The retention of 5 of the 10 sites was based on case production and response rates, cost efficiency and geographic representation of drug use patterns. For additional information on the study design, please refer to the ADAM II 2012 Annual Report, or see the ICPSR Technical Documentation Report.

This collection represents a probability-based sample of adult male arrestees booked in each 24-hour period in the five ADAM counties during a 21-day data collection period. For additional information on sampling, please refer to the ADAM II 2012 Annual Report, or see the ICPSR Technical Documentation Report.

Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

All adult male arrestees booked at the five ADAM II sites within 48 hours of their arrest.


administrative records data

survey data

Three response rates were calculated for ADAM II 2012: (1) The overall response rate (60 percent) refers to the rate of successful interviewing of all adult male booked arrestees who were sampled; (2) The conditional response rate (92 percent) refers to the proportion of adult male arrestees physically available in the facility who consented for the interview; and (3) The urine response rate (90 percent) refers to the proportion of adult male booked arrestees who were interviewed and provided a urine specimin for testing.



2013-08-29 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data are not weighted, but contain two weight variables which users may wish to apply during analysis: WGT_Q (Weights when analyzing interview questions) and WGT_U (Weights when analyzing urine tests). For additional information on weights, please refer to the ADAM II 2012 Annual Report, or see the ICPSR Technical Documentation Report.


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