Representativity of an Injection Mark Study of Arrestees

  • N. Bejerot
  • S. Bejerot
Part of the Medicolegal Library book series (MEDICOLEGAL, volume 6)


It has often been questioned whether intravenous drug abusers among arrestees are typical of all intravenous drug abusers in Stockholm, or if it is a small, atypical selection of addicts who are arrested. The purpose of the present study, carried out in 1977, was to compare persons who were known as intravenous drug abusers in an ongoing study of arrestees, with persons known as intravenous drug abusers by some other authority but not known as addicts in the police clientele. This will illuminate the efficacy of the inspection of arms of arrestees as a means of identifying intravenous drug addicts in a society. The present study was based on two previous investigations:
  1. 1.

    The Injection Mark Study (IMS). Since 1965 all persons arrested by the police and taken to the central arrest premises in Stockholm have had their arms examined for injection marks, Roughly one-third of the Swedish citizens arrested for crime have been found to be injecting drugs [1].

  2. 2.

    The Case Finding Study (CFS). In the second half of 1967 all authorities in the Stockholm area who might possibly have contact with addicts cooperated in a case finding study (Table 1) [5]. Of 1478 male IV addicts found in the CFS, only 251 (17%) were not known in the IMS by the end of 1976. These 251 cases (henceforth called the noncriminal group) were compared in this study with the 2690 male intravenous addicts diagnosed in the IMS between 1965 and 1970. The women were not included in this study, as the basis of recruitment of women differs from that of men, and only 10% of arrestees are women.



Criminal Group Occupational Ambition Religious Conversion Intravenous Drug Abuser Hospital Infectious Disease 
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