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Title: Drugs and Violent Crime (From Pathways to Criminal Violence, P 16-48, 1989, Neil A Weiner and Marvin E Wolfgang, eds. -- See NCJ-118925)
Author(s): P J Goldstein
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: DA-03182; DA-04017; 85 IJ-CX-0052
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reviews what is currently known about the causal and correlative relationship between drugs and violent crime, sets that knowledge within a systematic conceptual framework, and presents recommendations for future research.
Abstract: A definition of drugs emphasizes that the pharmacological aspects of drugs are only one feature of the drugs-violence connection; also central are the costs of drugs, how they are obtained, how they are ingested, and the social contexts of both drug use and drug distribution. The author notes the longstanding limited quantity and quality of data on the drug-violence connection and the reasons for this deficiency. The studies reviewed indicate a strong relationship between drugs and violence. The chapter presents a "tripartite" framework for understanding the relationship between drugs and violence: psychopharmacological components, economical compulsivity aspects, and systemic elements. The first approach acknowledges the neurophysiological components of violence and how drugs can influence violence through biological modalities. The second approach notes that some drug users engage in economically-oriented violent crime to support costly drug use. The third approach recognizes that violence is an integral component of the organizational structures and market strategies of illicit drug distribution and use. 9 notes, 106 references.
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Violent crimes
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