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Do drugs cause crime? Experts tend to disagree on this topic. Some say yes, others say no, and the debate rages on. On the side that says yes, this paper will examine how drugs’ availability increases crime, victims of drug abuse, and the war on drugs. On the opposing side, this paper will examine how many drug offenders are inappropriately incarcerated, the war on drugs, and the need for a change in the drug policy. And finally, it will contain the author’s opinion on drugs. Drugs cause crime. This is a statement many experts agree upon. Whether the drug does something to the mind and messes the person up or the person commits a crime in an effort to get said drug or the money to purchase the product, all in all a crime is committed and thus drugs cause crime. According to the article in Opposing Viewpoints, “Another popular myth, popular with a culture that has advertising campaigns flouting the need to follow societal rules, is that drug abuse is a victimless crime. The use of illegal drugs is not victimless” (Alsobrooks, 2002). Victims of drug abuse ranges from the drug taker’s family and friends to the drug taker himself. Family life is disturbed by drug use. The drug use “creates destructive patterns of codependency” (Us No Drugs, 2005). This means that out of fear (or love) of the drug abuser the family enables his destructive habit by “covering up, supplying money, or denying that there is a problem” (Us No Drugs, 2005). The family will be ripped apart by the drug abusers habit. Money will get thrown away on the drug product and the family will be thrust into a state of denial. They will become victims. Victims can
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also be the drug abuser himself. By becoming addicted he will flush money into his habit. Taking certain drugs like marijuana, LSD, and other hallucinogenic drugs can experience flashbacks, which is “unwanted recurrences of the drug’s effects weeks or months after use” (Us No Drugs, 2005). With LSD especially, some users “trip” and never come out of it. Withdrawal is another way a drug abuser can victimize himself. Without having the drug for extended periods of time or abrupt ceasing of taking the drug the drug abuser will experience
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course SOCI 330 taught by Professor Selby during the Spring '07 term at Frostburg.

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