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Title: Drugs and Violent Behavior
Author(s): P J Goldstein
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Development and Research Institute, Inc. (NDRI)
New York, NY 10010
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
New York State
Albany, NY 12203
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: RO1-DA01926; 80-IJ-CX-0049
Sale Source: National Development and Research Institute, Inc. (NDRI)
71 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the relationship between drugs and violence considers psychopharmacological, economic- compulsive, and systemic explanations and concludes that the systemic explanation accounts for most of the drug-related violence and that this violence will probably not decline in the foreseeable future.
Abstract: Psychopharmacological violence may involve drug use by either the offender or the victim. Alcohol is the substance most studied in relation to violence. The economically compulsive model suggests that some drug users engage in crimes such as mugging to support their drug use. The systemic model focuses on the traditionally aggressive patterns of interaction within the system of drug distribution and use. Although many sources have emphasized the importance of the systemic model, little empirical evidence exists regarding this topic. However, systemic violence is undoubtedly a major contributor to total violence in the United States. It is a major killer and maimer of drug users and contributed to violent acquisitive crime in which nonusers are victimized. Some observers believe that drug-related violence is likely to increase and that recent immigration phenomena have contributed to the new violence. 64 reference notes
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Violence causes
Note: DCC. Paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Annual Meetings, Louisville, Ky., March 24, 1982
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