Crimes Are Related to Drug and Alcohol Essay

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Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice 2013/2014 Essay topic Are criminality and dependency an inevitable consequence of illicit drug use? Introduction The link between illicit drug use and crime is not a new one and numerous studies show that drugs use directly relates to crime multiple ways. First and foremost, it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as having potential for abuse (such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and amphetamines) and sell of drugs is illegal dangerous but highly profitable these days. Illegal and illicit drugs also are directly related to crime through the effects they have on the user’s behaviour and by generating violence and other illegal activity in connection with drug trafficking. Abstract The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) summarizes the drug to crime relationship in three ways: drug defined offence, which are violations of law prohibiting or regulating the possession, use, distribution or manufacture of illegal drugs, drug related offenses, to which a drug’s pharmacologic effects contribute; offenses motivated by the user’s need for money to support continued use; and offenses connected to drug distribution itself and the drug using lifestyle, a lifestyle in which the likelihood and frequency of involvement in illegal activity are increased because drug users may not participate in the legitimate economy and are exposed to situations that encourage crime (ONDCP 2000).The effects of drugs and alcohol on our society are becoming more and more evident as the years pass. Even though drugs and alcohol have been around for centuries, they are becoming more popular. Along with the major drugs like cocaine, crack, and heroin, the alternative or
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