The Relationship Between Substance Abuse and Crime

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Sherwanda Rogers
Professor Janet Michello
Drugs & Behavior: SCH150. 6782
LaGuardia Community College
Paper #2: The Relationship Between Substance Abuse and Crime
December 11, 2012

Do you know someone who has done drugs? Well of course you do, we all do. Drugs are defined as “a substance that has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body”, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Researchers are focusing their attention on the aspect of drug addiction and drug abuse. Creating an outlet to drug awareness is the government’s ultimate goal in aiding families and individuals who are suffering. Unfortunately, drug abuse and drug addiction are extremely common among today’s society. “Criminality and
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The age group that is most affected by drug addiction are young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that nearly 5.3 million domestic violence incidents happen each year among women, ages eighteen years and older, resulting in 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths annually.” In combination with drugs and alcohol, individual and relationship risk factors also play a major part in a case of domestic violence. “Individual risk factors for domestic violence are: low academic achievement, involvement in aggressive or delinquent behavior as a youth, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse, witnessing or experiencing violence as a child, lack of social networks and social isolation, and unemployment. Relationship risk factors include marital conflict, marital instability, and male dominance in the family, poor family functioning, emotional dependence and insecurity, belief in strict gender roles, desire for power and control in relationships, and exhibiting anger and hostility toward a partner.” “In addition, there are differences between people depending on personality traits, risk factors for violent temperament, risk factors to become addicted to drugs, and risk factors to commit a crime.” The belief that alcohol and drug use heightens the prospect of domestic violence
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