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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




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Bullying Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Maintaining
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining