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Chapter 20: Drug-related Violence
The concept of drug-related violence refers to the idea that particular drugs induce the user towards an aggressive or violent state. It also denotes a statistical association between drug use and/or selling and some kind of violent outcome.
There is a common assumption that alcohol and particular street drugs make people commit acts of violence. This is a view often reinforced by the regular reports of alcohol-fuelled violence and of drug-crazed murderers in our popular mass media and various statistics on crime showing strong links between the use of alcohol and/or street drugs and violent outcomes. Broadly, although the actual statistics differ, they provide a broadly similar picture in many countries. Illustrative of this broader picture, Roizen (1997) has estimated that up ...