Harrison and Gfroerer (1992) assert that most of the criminal behaviors that are committed in our society are a result of drug abuse. Most individuals tend to turn violent when they are under the influence of drugs. When one has abuse drugs, he has a lot of courage to commit any crime since he is not operating in his normal senses. One looses all his senses and does not see anything that would hinder him to do anything that his conscious mind would dictate him to do.
For this case, they find themselves in criminal activities such as stealing and even drug trafficking. They illustrated their facts using a table where they showed the crime committed and the kind drug the offender had taken when he was committing the crime. The other issue that makes drugs abuse to be related to crime is that the drug users are always idle and in groups. When they are in this state, the only thing they do is to discuss about violence activities that they can be involved in to get money to abuse drug.
At this state, even the innocent ones get contact with crimes and later on are involved in crimes since they come to know about cheap ways of getting money which would be stealing. The areas where drugs trafficking normally take place are economically and socially disadvantaged and for this case, there is little or no social and legal control against violence in such areas. For this case, people in that area develop deviant behaviors since they know there is not one around that place like police when they commit a crime.
Such areas that are prone to these kinds of activities are slums and they are known to be the home of most criminals. The drugs that are abused usually have a very high street value. Being the case, these drugs are sold in areas where there in no security at all since it an illegal activity thereby attracting criminal offender like robbers to go at steal money from the drug traffickers. Drug that are abused are prohibited by the government and if one is found in their possession or usage, one can be jailed or even harsher sentences of death penalty in some countries.
Due to the fact that these drugs are prohibited, the business of drug trafficking in one has become a lucrative business hence majority of the people tend to be involved in the criminal offence of dealing in these drug. Although some of them who deal with the drugs do not abuse them, they are liable for their actions of selling illegal drugs that are prohibited by the government. For this case, the long hands of the law catch up with them and they are punished accordingly.
We conclude that the only way to curb criminal activities in our society is by first of all fighting drug abuse related activities. We need to give advices to the teenagers since most of drug abuse activities starts at the adolescent stage. We need also to give adequate counseling to those who are already involved in drug abuse and even rehabilitate them in order to ensure they stop their deviant behaviors. For this case, drug abuse is related to crime hence the drug abuse battle must first be won before we win the criminal activity’s one.
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