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Michael G. Vaughn, Christopher P. Salas Wright & Brandy R. Maynard

In: The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality

Chapter 20: Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Crime: A Cell to Society Perspective

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Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Crime: A Cell to Society Perspective
Drug abuse, addiction, and crime: A cell to society perspective
Michael G.VaughnSaint Louis University
Christopher P. SalasWrightThe University of Texas at Austin
Brandy R.MaynardSaint Louis University
Introduction

There is no single cause of drug abuse and no single connection between drugs and crime. As Boyum, Caulkins, and Kleinman (2011) point out, simplistic notions about addiction causing crime are badly flawed. Some highly addictive substances such as heroin are related to crime but others like tobacco are not. The title of this chapter is fitting in that drug abuse, addiction, and crime cover so much biosocial terrain that a “cell to society” approach is necessary to coherently frame the many factors involved in this complex phenomenon. As such, we examine ...

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