Most Men Arrested in Atlanta Test Positive for Drugs

Most men arrested in Atlanta test positive for illegal drugs at the time of their arrests, according to a new federal study.

About 62 percent of men arrested in the city in 2010 tested positive for at least one drug, according to the National Drug Control Policy’s Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Annual Report.

“Drug addiction is too often the root of crime in our communities,” said Gil Kerlikowse, director of the National Drug Control Policy. He said the report’s findings illustrate why the nation’s drug problem should be approached as a public health and safety problem.