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NCJ Number: 149862 Find in a Library
Title: Inner City Adolescents and Drug Abuse (From Critical Issues in Crime and Justice, P 171-188, 1994, Albert R Roberts, ed. -- See NCJ-149851)
Author(s): J G Robertson; J E Waters
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Problems asociated with adolescent drug abuse and drug dealing, particularly in poor and minority communities in large urban areas, are examined, and the relationship between drug abuse and crime is discussed.
Abstract: Many teenagers face serious choices about how to handle the drug culture and the drug economy. Adolescents usually become involved in drugs by first selling drugs on the street; many also use drugs and become addicted. Addiction treatment professionals frequently indicate that if one parent is addicted, the child has a 50 percent chance of becoming addicted. Police become involved with adolescent drug dealers as part of law enforcement and in response to drug-related violence. Courts are overburdened with alcohol and drug-related cases and often assign juveniles to programs that aim to prevent future criminal activity and drug addiction. Programs for drug-involved juveniles include assessment, medical short-term treatment, the therapeutic community, and day treatment. Treatment should address the employment, emotional, and recreational needs of young people in order to be effective. Further, treatment staff should include recovering addicts, a significant number of males, and counselors who represent the same racial mix and social class as the clients being treated. Drug programs for juveniles should also recognize that violence and drug dealing are serious problems in inner cities where economic opportunities are limited. 20 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Drug Related Crime; Juvenile courts; Juvenile drug treatment; Minority juvenile offenders; Police; Urban criminality; Violent juvenile offenders
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