Drug Violations in the City of Pittsburgh

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From January 2005 through July 2015:

  1. Drug violation rates decreased in the City of Pittsburgh, accompanied by reductions in adult and juvenile arrests.
  2. As drug violations declined, marijuana made up a larger share of all drug offenses as compared to drugs in the opioid/cocaine category.
  3. The highest drug violation rates were reported near Downtown Pittsburgh, the South Side Hilltop neighborhoods, the Southside Flats and the North Side.
  4. Nearly all reported drug violations culminated in an arrest, with nearly 20 times as many adults arrested as juveniles.

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