Despite twenty years of research, it is still debated whether drug dependency leads to crime, or whether involvement in crime increases the probability of drug dependency. This is because the relationship between drugs and crime is mediated by a great many variables, including the nature of the drugs, the user's degree of dependency on drugs, the life circumstances of the user, the social conditions under which the drugs are used, the laws governing obtaining and using drugs, social tolerance of drug use, availability of drug treatment programs, and so forth. This volume covers the many ways in which drugs and crime could be related that encompass and extend beyond the simple causal link between drug dependency and crime. It also reviews the main kinds of drug-related crimes and considers research that could help viable policy interventions.
Mangai Natarajan, City University of New York, USA Scott Menard, Sharon Mihalic, David Huizinga, David Farabee, Vandana Joshi, M. Douglas Anglin, Mark Simpson, Trevor Bennett,Katy Holloway, Charles D.H. Parry, Andreas Pluddemann, Antoinette Louw, Ted Leggett, Richard Dembo, Werner Wothke, William Seeburger, Marina Shemwell, Kimberly Pacheco, Matthew Rollie, James Schmeidler, Stephen Livingston, Amy Hartsfield, Ian McAllister, Toni Makkai, John W. Welte, Lening Zhang, William F. Wieczorek, Marsha F. Rosenberg, James C. Anthony, Jerome Cartier, David Farabee, Michael L. Prendergast, Nabila El-Bassel, Louisa Gilbert, Robert Schilling, Takeshi Wada, Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ron Acierno, Heidi S. Resnick, Benjamin E. Saunders, Connie L. Best, Hilary L. Surratt, James A. Inciardi, Stephen P. Kurtz, Marion C. Kiley, Mangai Natarajan, Mathieu Belanger, Letizia Paoli, Geoffrey Pearson, Dick Hobbs, Vincenzo Ruggiero, Kazim Khan, Damian Zaitch, Graham C. Ousey, Matthew R. Lee, Ross Coomber, Lisa Maher, Louisa Degenhardt, Elizabeth Conroy, Stuart Gilm