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Drugs-Crime Connection

  • By: Gary R. Potter
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

There is undoubtedly a strong relationship between drugs and crime. Drugs are heavily implicated in a wide variety and large volume of criminal activity, although the nature of the relationship is somewhat complicated. The links between drugs and criminal behavior are manifold, and a number of theories exist that attempt to explain different aspects of the relationship. Evidence suggests that those who use drugs are generally more involved in (other) criminal activity than the non-drug using population; that those who are involved in (other) crime are more likely to use drugs than the general population; and that drug markets often overlap with, and even necessitate, other types of criminal behavior. The relationship between drugs and crime varies, with different drugs (legal and illegal) being more ...

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