Understanding the developmental relationship between drug use and crime : are drug users the best people to ask?

BEST, David, MAN, L. H., GOSSOP, M., HARRIS, J., SIDWELL, C. and STRANG, J. (2001). Understanding the developmental relationship between drug use and crime : are drug users the best people to ask? Addiction Research and Theory, 9 (2), 151-164.

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    Abstract

    The study investigates developmental associations in the relationship between drug use and crime among 100 treatment-seeking opiate addicts. While 56% of the sample report having committed 2,785 acquisitive crimes in the previous month, there are strong developmental patterns. Those who have committed crimes before age 14 have earlier onset of tobacco, alcohol, cannabis and cocaine use and a lower first age of heroin problems. This relates to perceptions - those who believe drug use caused crime before the age of 14 have lower age of onset for tobacco and cocaine use and for heroin problems. The developmental patterns suggest strong associations between drug use and crime, but provide no support for a casual model in which drug use leads to crime.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law and Criminology Research Group
    Page Range: 151-164
    Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
    Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 10:28
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 09:30
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9216

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