Essay about Attacking The Drug Problem : Attacking Crime

849 Words Jun 20th, 2015 4 Pages
Attacking the Drug Problem: Attacking Crime Societal drug users and drug involved crimes are not only among the top concerns of health officials, criminal justice systems, and citizens, but also of the policy-makers that enveloped this country. Drugs are almost automatically associated with criminal behavior and they are often times the center of American Crime and criminal justice (Walker, 2015). In order to speak seriously about crime in the United States, we must also speak seriously about the issues of drugs including, the causes, consequences, the correlations associated with them, and the policies that surround them (Walker, 2015).
The Relationship Criminal offenses and illegal drug-use have a very tight relationship and they are intertwined in many ways. The main way that criminal offenses and illegal drug-use relate is the fact that, it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs that are classified as having a potential for abuse (Craddock, Collins, & Timrots, 1994). Such drugs as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and even some prescription drugs that are not prescribed to the individual that consumes them, are all examples of drugs that have been classified for the potential for abuse, making them a criminal offense to use, manufacture, or distribute. Drugs also can impair judgment, result in poor anger management, violent behavior, and increase drug trafficking; therefore, they can and often do result in other criminal behaviors and…

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