A new report released by the South
Carolina Department of Public Safety says drug arrests are on the
rise -- a likely indicator that drug use also is increasing.
The report released Monday says arrests for drugs and drug
paraphernalia increased 47 percent from 1996 to 2006. Drug-related
emergency room visits increased 67 percent over the same period.
Report author Rob McManus says drug arrests are the best
available measure of drug use but can't be used as the only
Marijuana and cocaine account for the majority of all illegal
drug use. There was a 233 percent increase in the number of arrests
for powder cocaine, while arrests for crack cocaine dropped 5
percent from 1996 to 2006.
Minorities had a drug arrest rate 147 percent higher than