Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
The relationship between drug abuse and crime in world
Author(s): Dr. Rajkumar G Malkappagol
Abstract: Drug abuse is when someone is using drugs (e.g. cannabis, amphetamines, inhalants or kava) in a way that causes them harm. It is not just a matter of how much of a drug the person is using, but how their use affects their life and the lives of those around them. The relationship between drug abuse and crime is complex. Simply, it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as having a potential for abuse. Not all individuals who use drugs become addicted, nor do they commit violent crime. However, the impact of illicit drugs, crime and violence is highly damaging to local communities as members of those communities have to live in the midst of illicit drug markets, where crime and violence, and the threat of crime and violence, are ever present.