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Drug-Related Arrests


Drug-Related Arrests

What does this measure?

The number of felony and misdemeanor drug arrests per 1,000 residents.

Why is this important?

Drug use, sale and other illegal drug-related activity can have immediate as well as long-term negative health, social and economic consequences, both for individuals and for neighborhoods and communities.

How is our county doing?

In Essex County, over 1,000 people were arrested for drug-related crimes in 2017 - a rate of about 1.3 arrests per 1,000 residents. This is higher than the statewide figure of 1.1. Salisbury (4.5), Methuen (4.4) and Haverhill (2.6) had the highest rates in Essex County in 2017. The rate of arrests for drug-related crimes has been declining since the peak in 2007 of 2.0.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Essex County had a higher rate compared to Middlesex, MA at 0.6, however was much lower than Westchester, NY whose rate was 2.4 per 1,000 residents in 2017.

Notes about the data

Comparable national data was not available. The City of Lawrence does not report comparable data. Comparable data for Lake, IL was not available for 2017. Differences in rates may reflect a variety of factors, including differences in laws and law enforcement priorities, in addition the severity of drug activity in an area.

Drug-Related Arrests
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA1.001.100.990.800.871.181.241.981.941.101.020.971.291.711.671.611.391.34
Amesbury3.764.872.701.953.283.543.794.182.470.780.920.851.451.610.811.841.671.15
Beverly0.882.093.162.362.772.791.992.912.601.723.441.151.511.231.121.290.700.66
Gloucester1.412.151.961.020.731.531.290.731.341.671.591.371.771.421.541.210.81
Haverhill0.682.843.113.282.891.981.311.952.522.743.453.172.792.58
Lynn4.813.411.741.621.982.413.562.572.612.471.89
Methuen0.540.290.110.340.731.494.113.131.062.502.424.655.104.914.154.39
Newburyport1.161.150.691.431.722.371.854.690.340.980.281.703.661.231.060.780.33
Peabody2.402.692.681.851.631.961.571.361.750.580.661.261.160.711.280.990.970.93
Salem1.663.803.302.611.772.54
Andover4.653.031.880.481.171.981.443.554.093.442.441.301.261.153.143.972.382.07
Boxford0.130.250.730.610.240.13
Danvers0.762.222.031.692.424.014.523.123.141.250.750.630.810.840.500.360.860.93
Georgetown0.120.110.860.120.240.470.230.580.58
Groveland3.803.453.381.581.562.132.235.031.530.131.860.300.150.301.200.59
Hamilton1.070.481.573.042.821.840.241.240.620.250.610.120.49
Ipswich0.450.680.380.080.150.080.380.680.070.830.300.150.510.220.510.140.22
Lynnfield0.350.860.090.170.170.180.180.710.700.660.520.170.250.480.400.390.24
Manchester0.390.390.190.390.190.950.560.191.301.30
Marblehead1.671.711.170.841.440.951.111.011.110.300.050.150.500.390.100.100.10
Merrimac1.271.100.790.941.090.930.460.150.320.160.610.300.440.590.15
Middleton0.110.120.220.100.210.100.21
Nahant0.551.921.370.550.550.280.840.840.831.100.880.580.580.29
Newbury2.231.762.630.452.651.622.343.040.750.300.740.291.881.721.000.43
North Andover0.901.380.810.520.330.480.661.131.160.110.210.110.320.070.410.201.042.12
Rockport0.131.710.260.520.260.430.140.140.420.28
Rowley0.912.162.330.902.501.590.700.880.871.720.340.850.341.330.970.950.320.32
Salisbury17.589.714.023.142.491.843.383.433.741.163.381.083.684.324.143.564.544.54
Saugus2.072.170.991.261.100.871.281.341.530.680.980.851.430.680.610.180.250.36
Swampscott0.830.210.480.070.421.210.640.720.790.430.290.870.290.640.430.410.41
Topsfield1.135.644.550.661.490.820.330.330.160.310.920.46
Wenham0.211.531.981.552.681.061.060.211.230.200.800.970.19
West Newbury2.163.332.122.342.813.282.582.561.840.450.471.160.460.680.450.880.22
Middlesex County, MA0.560.580.600.690.800.770.870.981.200.730.840.860.910.800.740.740.650.60
Lake County, IL5.645.234.954.815.295.375.515.724.674.855.045.305.906.326.336.195.33
Westchester County, NY2.392.522.633.043.543.823.984.023.663.563.533.764.094.283.362.662.512.43
Massachusetts1.161.271.201.251.601.791.902.012.111.181.241.221.311.301.231.131.151.07

Source: Massachusetts State Police, Illinois State Police and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services




Number of Drug-Related Arrests
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Essex County, MA7228077265506398649071,4501,4318197557319741,3031,2831,2521,0791,040
Amesbury628145345458626941131514242714322920
Beverly358412794110111791151036813646615046532927
Gloucester4366603122463922414846405242463624
Haverhill4117018719917712280120156170215199175162
Lynn418297152146180220326237241228175
Methuen2413515326518113950119116226251244206218
Newburyport2020122530413282617530652219146
Peabody116132133918199807090303465603767525149
Salem7016214111276109
Andover149986117386548118137116814443401101408473
Boxford126521
Danvers19565143631041218485342017222314102426
Georgetown117124255
Groveland23212110101415351111221284
Hamilton941325231521052514
Ipswich695121591114273723
Lynnfield410122228886236553
Manchester2212153177
Marblehead343524172919222022613108222
Merrimac875676312142341
Middleton1121212
Nahant27522133343221
Newbury1512183181116215252131273
North Andover24372214913183132363921263163
Rockport11324231132
Rowley5121351494551025286622
Salisbury138773225201528293210289313736334242
Saugus5457263329233436421926233919175710
Swampscott1237161791011641249666
Topsfield73528495221263
Wenham17971255161451
West Newbury91491012141111822523241
Middlesex County, MA8298558779531,1701,1291,2731,4411,7841,0951,2641,3071,3931,2451,1601,1681,038957
Lake County, IL3,6323,3703,2773,2413,6243,7183,8484,0763,3163,4533,5443,7434,1394,4454,4474,3993,789
Westchester County, NY2,2042,3482,4562,8463,3153,5643,7073,7543,4343,3603,3523,5973,9344,1453,2662,5992,4542,382
Massachusetts7,3868,1267,7247,65610,35211,57312,25813,09013,8077,8138,1188,0878,6888,6488,2457,6187,7357,211

Source: Massachusetts State Police, Illinois State Police and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services




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