Trends in crime and the introduction of a needle exchange program

M. A. Marx, B. Crape, R. S. Brookmeyer, B. Junge, C. Latkin, D. Vlahov, S. A. Strathdee

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Abstract

Objectives. This study sought to determine whether introduction of a needle exchange program would be associated with increased crime rates. Methods. Trends in arrests were compared in program and nonprogram areas before and after introduction of a needle exchange program in Baltimore. Trends were modeled and compared via Poisson regression. Results. No significant differences in arrest trends emerged. Over the study period, increases in category-specific arrests in program and nonprogram areas, respectively, were as follows: drug possession, 17.7% and 13.4%; economically motivated offenses, 0.0% and 20.7%; resistance to police authority, 0.0% and 5.3%; and violent offenses, 7.2% and 8.0%. Conclusions. The lack of association of overall and type-specific arrest data with program implementation argues against the role of needle exchange programs in increasing crime rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1933-1936
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume90
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Marx, M. A., Crape, B., Brookmeyer, R. S., Junge, B., Latkin, C., Vlahov, D., & Strathdee, S. A. (2000). Trends in crime and the introduction of a needle exchange program. American Journal of Public Health, 90(12), 1933-1936.

Trends in crime and the introduction of a needle exchange program. / Marx, M. A.; Crape, B.; Brookmeyer, R. S.; Junge, B.; Latkin, C.; Vlahov, D.; Strathdee, S. A.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 90, No. 12, 2000, p. 1933-1936.

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Marx, MA, Crape, B, Brookmeyer, RS, Junge, B, Latkin, C, Vlahov, D & Strathdee, SA 2000, 'Trends in crime and the introduction of a needle exchange program', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 90, no. 12, pp. 1933-1936.
Marx MA, Crape B, Brookmeyer RS, Junge B, Latkin C, Vlahov D et al. Trends in crime and the introduction of a needle exchange program. American Journal of Public Health. 2000;90(12):1933-1936.
Marx, M. A. ; Crape, B. ; Brookmeyer, R. S. ; Junge, B. ; Latkin, C. ; Vlahov, D. ; Strathdee, S. A. / Trends in crime and the introduction of a needle exchange program. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2000 ; Vol. 90, No. 12. pp. 1933-1936.
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