Drugs, Alcohol and Criminality in American Society

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McFarland, Jan 1, 1999 - Social Science - 232 pages
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In the United States alone, millions of men, women and children use drugs, alcohol, or both. Drugs and alcohol are closely related to poor school performance, poor health, work-related stresses, crime and delinquency. Drugs and alcohol have been shown to be prominent factors in exposure to HIV infection--whether through intravenous drug use or unprotected, high-risk sexual relations. Regardless of all the known hazards, the incidence of drug and alcohol use continues to rise in the United States.
This book reveals the nature and magnitude of drug and alcohol use in American society, and public opinion on drugs, alcohol, and substance abuse. It examines the illicit drug trade, the war on drugs, and law enforcement. The connection between substance abuse and criminality is addressed, with special studies on prisoners, teenagers, minorities, women, and college campuses. Accompanied by numerous tables and figures.
 

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Contents

The War on Drugs
4
The Magnitude of Alcohol Consumption
7
The Scope of Drug Use
15
Alcohol Drugs and Crime
32
Public Opinion on the Alcohol and Drug Problem
44
The Nature of Drug Abuse
59
The Business of Illicit Drugs
71
The Harmful Effects of Substance Abuse
85
Minorities Drugs and Alcohol
123
Drinking and Drugs on College Campuses
137
Drugs Alcohol and Other Crimes
146
Prisoners Drugs and Alcohol
157
Law Enforcement and Drug Control
180
Laws Aimed at Combating the Drug Problem
196
Notes
201
Bibliography
219

Teenage Alcohol and Drug Use
99
Women and Substance Abuse
112

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Ronald Barri Flowers, born October 25 1956 in Detroit, is a criminologist, crime writer, novelist, textbook author, and screenwriter. He received a B.A. in 1977 and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in 1980. His publications include The Prostitution Of Women and Girls, an exploration of female prostitution worldwide; The Sex Slave Murders, the true story of Gerald and Charlene Gallego, America's first husband-wife serial killers; and Female Crime, Criminals and Cellmates: An Exploration of Female Criminality and Delinquency.

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