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CRJ 308 Substance abuse and crime

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Running Head: CRIMES 1 Substance abuse and Crimes Kristina Snyder CRJ 308 Psychology of Criminal Currie Gauvreau June 27, 2011 While nothing good comes from substance abuse, Substance abuse is against the law and many are in prison over drug abuse or alcohol abuse. Abusing substances can have long term affects on a person’s body or brain. Most, who abuse drugs and alcohol, have a tendency to get into trouble with the law, and many people have lost their lives over abusing drugs and/or alcohol.
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CRIMES 2 It is a proven fact that substance abuse is the leading cause for people to commit crimes. Drugs and alcohol can mess with a person’s mind and cause them to do stupid things, as in robberies, murders, become violent, etc. Drugs such as alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, narcotics and non narcotics (prescription pills), opium, ecstasy, and mushrooms can all lead to psychological effects on a person’s mind. “Amphetamines and cocaine increase wakefulness, alertness and vigilance, improve concentration, and produce a feeling of clear thinking. There is generally an elevation of mood, mild euphoria, increases sociability, and a belief that one can do just about anything.” (Bartol, R&M, 2008). Depending on the drugs that are being used and they way they are being used, depends on how long the effects from it will last. Some can last from a few minutes to a few hours. Usually the prescription pills last for hours and cocaine effects last for only a few minutes. Any drug can lead to problems with a person’s brain; it can make one mentally disabled. It can also lead to regular nose bleeds, loss of smell, swallowing problems and inflammation of nasal septum. This can occur if one abuses drugs by snorting it through their nose. Drug trafficking in the United States to Mexico is becoming the number one crime.” Drug trafficking violence in Mexico has claimed thousands of lives and reached a level of intensity and ferocity that has exceeded previous periods of drug-related violence” (Beitzel, 2009). Those who are involved with drugs do eventually get caught. 80% of the people that are in the prisons or jails, are in their because of alcohol or drug abuse. Most, who are arrested, are arrested for drug offenses. In which abusing and selling drugs is against the law. Leading a life with drugs or alcohol can lead to a life in prison. A majority of the people who do get arrested and put in jail, they test positive for some type of drug they have taken. Also a majority of the people who went to jail, they went to jail or prison because they were under the influence of a substance.
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CRIMES 3 Substance abusers will do anything to keep supporting their habits and the number crime they turn to is property crimes. They will break into people’s homes and cars, to get money or items to sell to support their habits.”According to the 202 National Survey on Drug use and Health, 19.5 million of Americans aged 12 and older are current illicit drug users” (Department of Health and Human Services, 2003).In 2004, approximately 1.2. Million Americans were arrested for the
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