SANDAG conducts research to assist policymakers and criminal justice officials as they assess programs related to drug abuse prevention, intervention, enforcement, and treatment.
Current Drug-Related Projects
Drug Policy Gap Analysis
As part of a study funded by the San Diego/Imperial Counties High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), SANDAG is exploring the connection between drug use and crime. Preliminary evidence suggests that while recent public safety reforms have effectively reduced adult prison and jail populations, there are now more individuals who are not incarcerated but have substance abuse issues and/or mental health issues and who are financially and housing challenged. Through observational, descriptive, and spatial analyses, this study seeks to better understand who the Proposition (Prop.) 47 population is, the types of offenses they are committing, where Prop. 47-related crimes are concentrated throughout the region, and the possible impacts of these crimes regionally.
For questions regarding this project, please contact Caroline Stevens, SANDAG Senior Research Analyst, at 619.595.5333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2021, several cities in the San Diego region were among the 23 successful applicants to receive funding from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) which became available following the passage of Proposition 64 (Prop 64) which legalized marijuana for recreational use for individuals 21 years of age and older.
Chula Vista Prop 64
With this funding, the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) partnered with South Bay Community Services to provide cannabis education, prevention, and intervention to youth and the community. CVPD will also focus on efforts to ensure that marijuana is not being sold to minors. SANDAG serves as the evaluation partner.
La Mesa Prop 64
With this funding, the La Mesa Police Department (LMPD) partnered with Mending Matters to provide drug education and intervention programs to youth. In addition, the LMPD will inspect local businesses to ensure codes and regulations are being followed. SANDAG serves as the evaluation partner.
San Diego Prop 64
With this funding, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) partnered with STAR/PAL to implement a middle school mentoring curriculum, expand high school programming to youth with juvenile justice system contact, and educate parents and other adults in the community regarding the risks of youth marijuana use. SANDAG serves as the evaluation partner and works with STAR/PAL to expand its assessment and data collection and to document project implementation.
Substance Abuse Monitoring Program
The Substance Abuse Monitoring (SAM) program identifies drug use trends among adult and juvenile offenders in an effort to develop appropriate strategies for drug abuse prevention. Biannually, SANDAG conducts interviews with a sample of adults and juveniles who have been arrested and booked into the San Diego County detention facilities. After a confidential interview about their drug use, SAM participants are asked to provide a voluntary and anonymous urine sample for drug analysis. Data from the SAM research are presented in a series of annual reports.
In 2021, this data collection effort was supported by the San Diego-Imperial High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Public Safety Group. This program was formerly known as the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program.
- 2021 Methamphetamine Use by San Diego County Arrestees- CJ Aggregate November 2022
- 2021 Methamphetamine Use by San Diego County Arrestees- CJ in Brief November 2022
- Gang Association Among San Diego Arrestees: 2018 Survey Results - CJ in Brief December 2019
- 2021 Juvenile Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region – CJ Aggregate Data September 2021
- 2021 Juvenile Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region – CJ Bulletin September 2021
- 2021 Adult Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region - CJ Aggregate Data July 2022
- 2021 Adult Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region - CJ Bulletin July 2022
For questions regarding any of these projects, please contact Octavio Rodriguez Ferreira, SANDAG Principal research Analyst, at 619.595.5342 or email@example.com.