Criminality Among Rural Stimulant Users in the United States

Carrie Oser, Carl Leukefeld, Michele Staton-Tindall, Jamieson Duvall, Thomas Garrity, William Stoops, Russel Falck, Jichuan Wang, Robert Carlson, Rocky Sexton, Patricia Wright, Brenda Booth

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Despite the increase in media attention on "meth cooking" in rural areas of the United States, little is known about rural stimulant use-particularly, the criminality associated with stimulant use. Data were collected from community stimulant users in rural Ohio, Arkansas, and Kentucky (N = 709). Findings from three logistic regression models indicate that younger stimulant users (M = 32.55, SD = 10.35), those with more convictions, and those who used crack frequently were significantly more likely to have been arrested for committing a substance-related crime, a property crime, or another crime in the 6 months before entering the study. Implications include the need for longitudinal studies to further understand rural stimulant use, as well as increased community and corrections-based drug abuse prevention and treatment interventions for stimulant users who live in rural areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-621
Number of pages22
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • arrest
  • crack cocaine
  • methamphetamine
  • rural
  • stimulants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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