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NCJ Number: 163928 Find in a Library
Title: Fact Sheet: Drug-Related Crime
Author(s): M. Schlaffer
Corporate Author: Office of National Drug Control Policy
US Executive Office of the President
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This fact sheet presents information from varied sources on drug-related crimes and concludes that drug users are more likely than nonusers to commit crimes, but that it is impossible to say quantitatively how much drugs influence the occurrence of crime.
Abstract: The fact sheet focuses on drug-related offenses and drug-using lifestyles. It reports results of federally sponsored surveys, including the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, the Drug Use Forecasting Program, a survey of State and Federal prisons, and a study of homicides in the 75 most populous counties in the United States. Results reveal that arrestees often test positive for recent drug use and that incarcerated offenders are often under the influence of drugs when they commit their offenses. In addition, offenders often commit offenses to support their drug habits. Moreover, drug trafficking generates violent crime. However, the relationship between drugs and crime is difficult to specify because most crimes result from a variety of factors, the definition of drug-related varies from study to study, and offenders may exaggerate or minimize the relevance of drugs. Homicide statistics illustrate the difficulties in quantifying the drug-crime relationship. Tables and list of 6 references
Main Term(s): Drug Related Crime
Index Term(s): Drug law offenses; Drug offenders
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