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Paper Topic:

Current Issues in Law and Criminology

Drug Crime

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This analytical essay presents information about drug crimes , relates it to strain theory , presents solutions to the specific drug crime and concludes by presenting an evaluation of the article under consideration . The bibliography appends two sources in APA format



Article and Strain Theory

Casual Logic of Crime


Evaluation of the article



Over the years , drugs have constantly been linked with crimes . The most

basic crime being committed here is the possession of drugs . This as mentioned is the most common case of crimes being taken into consideration recently . But another allegation is that of people using drugs and then commit crimes under the influence of drugs . According to sources , Drugs are related to crime in multiple ways . Most directly it is a crime to use , possess , manufacture , or distribute drugs classified as having a potential for abuse (such as cocaine , heroin marijuana , and amphetamines . Drugs are also related to crime through the effects they have on the user 's behavior and by generating violence and other illegal activity in connection with drug trafficking (Spiess and Fallow , 2000 : 1 . The number of crimes being committed under the influence of drugs has increased to a great extent in recent years which has triggered this problem into an issue which needs to be solved This can be judged by the results of a research that was carried out by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS ) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS , where victims of criminals were asked if the criminal appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or not . According to the results of this survey , around thirty percent of the victims could not figure out if this was the case , but nearly thirty-one percent of the victims claimed that the criminal or the offender was clearly under the influence of either drugs or alcohol . The use of drugs , as mentioned previously has been associated with crime . But , it is at times believed that drugs might be one of the driving forces behind crimes and not just the sole factor (Spiess and Fallow , 2000 : 1 Article and Strain Theory

Strain Theory is one of the many theories related to criminology and according to this theory , the social structures that exist within a society might aggravate a citizen into committing crimes . It is believed that people belonging to the middle class of our society are staunch believers in certain values such as honesty , responsibility etc and this is where their status comes in . People who lack in certain values usually go through feelings of aggression and frustration . Such people already go through a number of problems in their daily lives and such lacking makes life even harder for them . Some of these people accept their hardships as fate , but most of them turn to crime . This number is increasing largely and it is said that provisional data for 1997 show that respondents...

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