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 1,200 people were arrested for drug-related crimes in 2015 - a rate of about 0.09 arrests per 1,000 residents. This is higher than the statewide figure of 0.05. Methuen (0.28), Andover (0.23) and Salisbury (0.21) had the highest rates in Essex County in 2015. The rate of arrests for drug-related crimes declined from 2007 to 2011 before rising from 0.05 in 2011 to 0.09 in 2015.
How do we compare to similar counties?
Essex County had a higher rate compared to Middlesex, MA at 0.04, however was much lower than Westchester, NY whose rate was 2.7, and Lake County, IL whose rate was 6.2 per 1,000 residents in 2015.
Notes about the data
Comparable national data was not available. 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.