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ERIC Number: EJ876174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2705
Drugs and Crime: An Empirically Based, Interdisciplinary Model
Quinn, James F.; Sneed, Zach
Journal of Teaching in the Addictions, v7 n1 p16-30 2008
This article synthesizes neuroscience findings with long-standing criminological models and data into a comprehensive explanation of the relationship between drug use and crime. The innate factors that make some people vulnerable to drug use are conceptually similar to those that predict criminality, supporting a spurious reciprocal model of the drugs-crime relationship. Simultaneously, police pressure and penalty severity, the principal tools of the drug war, inflate the cost of drugs, which drives most drug-related crime. Concluding that much drug war rhetoric is the misleading product of a moral panic, this perspective supports a harm reduction approach to ameliorating the drug war.
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Language: English
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