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Tests Show Majority Of People Arrested In San Diego Are High On Drugs

Aired 9/6/12 on KPBS News.

Annual tests of inmates in San Diego county jails indicate well over half of people brought into custody test positive for illegal drugs.

Tests of San Diego jail inmates last year indicate more than half of them had illegal drugs in their systems when they were arrested. The annual tests, conducted by SANDAG, are performed randomly on inmates and done with their permission.

They showed that 55 percent of juvenile inmates tested positive for illegal drugs. Among adults, 58 percent of males and 63 percent of females had drugs in their systems.

Marijauana was used the most. Fifty-one percent of juveniles, for instance, tested positive for marijuana. Many inmates tested positive for more than one drug, the most common combination being marijuana and methamphetamine.

One drug has seen its use drop considerably compared to previous years. Many fewer people tested postive for crack and cocaine in 2011, compared to tests done on inmates 11 years ago.

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Avatar for user 'casualobserver'

casualobserver | September 7, 2012 at 9:10 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Testing positive for illegal drugs is quite different than being high on drugs.

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Missionaccomplished | September 7, 2012 at 11:39 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

All that means is that "illegal" drugs are widespread. The connection to criminal behavior is bogus.

And marihuana stays in your system longer. Casual is correct.

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Len | September 7, 2012 at 12:22 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

CasuallyObserver is correct. The headline is false and should be changed. The police did not say anyone was "high" on drugs. I'll give Tom Fudge the benefit of the doubt, in that headlines are not always written by writers of articles. But someone is responsible for the dumb headline.

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