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NCJ Number: 157354 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Death: A Comparison Between Drug Users and Nondrug Users
Journal: Addictive Diseases  Volume:1  Dated:(1974)  Pages:283-296
Author(s): M A Zahn; M Bencivengo
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 14
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the hypotheses that the subculture of violence among drug users and the lifestyle of drug users in a society where drug use is illegal contribute to the high rates of homicide among this population.
Abstract: Data were obtained on all homicide victims who were drug users in Philadelphia in the years 1969-1972. The sample also included a random population of homicide victims who were not drug users. The findings showed that, while death by homicide is similar in some respects for drug users and nonusers, there are significant differences in the circumstances of their deaths. Drug users were more likely to be murdered because of their involvement with drugs, attempts to secure drugs, or attempts to secure money to buy drugs. As drug use increases, along with antidrug efforts, it is likely that the rates of both robbery and homicide among the drug-using population will increase. 5 tables and 27 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Drug Related Crime; Homicide trends; Pennsylvania
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