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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 149286     Find in a Library
Title: Fact Sheet: Drug-Related Crime
  Document URL: PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Amy Craddock Ph.D. ; James J. Collins Ph.D. ; Anita Timrots
Date Published: 09/1994
Page Count: 5
  Annotation: This document discusses the various ways that drugs and crimes are related.
Abstract: Drugs and crime relationships fall into three categories: drug-defined offenses, drug-related offenses and drug-using lifestyle. This fact sheet focuses on the second and third categories, which are major contributors to the U.S. crime problem. Drug users in the general population are more likely than nonusers to commit crimes. Arrestees frequently test positive for recent drug use. Incarcerated offenders were often under the influence of drugs when they committed their offenses. Offenders often commit offenses to support their drug habit. Drug trafficking generates violent crime. The drug/crime relationship is difficult to specify and should be interpreted cautiously because: most crimes result from a variety of factors (personal, situational, cultural, economic); what is meant by “drug-related” varies from study to study; reports by offenders about their drug use may exaggerate or minimize the relevance of drugs; and drug use measures, such as urinalysis that identifies only very recent drug use, are limited. Tables, figure, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Drug abuse ; Urinalysis ; Drug law offenses ; Drug testing ; Drug Related Crime ; Alcohol-Related Offenses ; Alcohol-crime relationship ; Juvenile drug use ; Drug statistics
Sale Source: Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: DCC
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