(WGN-AM)- A recent study reveals that almost 90 percent of men arrested in Chicago have drugs in their system.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy released the findings on Thursday, which looked at the drug use of men arrested in 10 metropolitan areas. The city of Chicago, where 87 percent of all men arrested in 2008 tested positive for drugs, led the way in several categories.
The percentage of Chicago arrestees with cocaine in their blood was 41 percent, while 29 percent had heroin present. Both are the highest rate in the nation.
Chicago also led on the percentage of arrestees with the presence of more than one drug in their system, at 44 percent.
A press release from the ONDCP stated that in seven of the 10 cities observed, arrestees who admit heroin use report that they use the drug 15 or more days out of the month. But Chicago is an exception-- heroin users here are reporting almost daily use.
"Not only does this new report reaffirm the strong link between drug use and crime, but it also tells us that we must concentrate our resources on programs that have been proven to break the cycle of drugs and crime," Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, said.
The good news, such as it is? Chicago was near the bottom on methaphetamine use.
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