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Experts lament decision to end ADAM program.

Several experts in the addiction field have expressed disappointment over the federal government's announcement earlier this year of the demise of the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program, an $8.4 million effort that tracked drug use trends among arrestees. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) cited reductions in its fiscal 2004 appropriation for social-services research as the reason for the decision to end the program. According to a statement from the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland, NIJ hopes to replace ADAM with a data collection system that would provide a national estimate of drug use among arrestees.

"We have lost an ability to track national trends such as the rise and fall of crack use and the entrenched nature of heroin markets," said Jeremy Travis, former NIJ director and senior fellow at the Urban Institute. He added that "this is a real loss for local communities that are trying to develop a better understanding of the changing patterns in drug use on the streets and in their homes."
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Title Annotation:Of Note; Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring
Publication:Addiction Professional
Date:May 1, 2004
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