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NCJ Number: 157371 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Addiction: An Empirical Analysis of the Literature, 1920-1973
Journal: Contemporary Drug Problems  Volume:3  Dated:(1974)  Pages:221-270
Author(s): S W Greenberg; F Adler
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 50
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article surveys the research literature on drug abuse over the past 50 years to explore the relationship between crime and drug dependency.
Abstract: The study is organized by viewing the problems in terms of the criminal history of the drug addict. The three major areas discussed here include the temporal sequence of criminal involvement, the extent and types of crime committed while addicted, and the impact of treatment on criminal behavior. The findings of this analysis show that most current heroin addicts have substantial criminal records prior to the first time they used opiates. There is no reason to believe that addiction is a causal factor in increasing criminality among those drug users who were criminals prior to their addiction; however, engaging in criminal behavior seems to increase the probability of becoming addicted to drugs. Most of the evidence suggests that addicts primarily commit crimes that are financially rewarding, whether or not they are also violent. 2 notes and 125 references
Main Term(s): Drug dependence
Index Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Note: DCC
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