Examine the relationship between drug abuse and crime.

Essay by italiantoniCollege, UndergraduateC+, October 2004

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For the past decade the prison population has slowly increased while at the same time crime rates have fallen. This is no longer the case. The current rise in crimes is due mainly to increased numbers of burglary, street robberies and drug offences. Soaring crime rates has been a major problem in Britain as crime has been rising steadily for many years and the fear of a crime is high among many Britains. There are many factors, which contribute to crime such as unemployment, unstable families/home life, drugs, peer pressure, lack of money, divided society - rich/poor etc. Throughout this essay I will pay particular attention to illegal drug abuse and the effect it has on crime overall. The term drug abuse may also relate to the abuse of prescription drugs and substances such as caffeine. For example, the stimulant caffeine in coffee and tea is a drug used by millions of people, but because of its relatively mild stimulatory effects and because caffeine does not trigger antisocial behavior in users, despite the fact that it is physically addictive, it is not generally considered drug abuse.

I aim to discover the different types of drug related crimes, and the impact it is having on the rising crime rate throughout Britain.

Roots of Crime

The fight against crime starts in the family. We rely on parents to teach us the difference between right and wrong through. Yet all too often, the supportive network of family and friends, on which moral education depends is often absent. It is often replaced by groups of friends who form gangs, which provides, in a perverted form, the fraternity missing at home. One of the main aims of schools is to teach and put forward the correct moral values, to enable a youngster to function...