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Crime report: Drug Use on the Rebound at Iowa Universities

The overall number of violent crimes and thefts at the University of Iowa is down, but another old scourge appears to be making a comeback – illegal drug use.

A new crime report to be released by the University of Iowa revealed that drug abuse violations have shot up by almost 40 percent since 2007 to 229 arrests and non-arrest drug violations. The non-arrests were disciplinary complaints that were brought against students who violated drug laws, according to the report.

At the same time, the crime category that includes robberies, assaults, sex offenses, burglaries, and others fell to 47 cases, a decline of 37 percent. Even the drinking problems may be easing a bit. Arrests and disciplinary actions for liquor law violations dropped 8 percent last year compared to the previous year.