This thought-provoking book argues that much current thinking aboutdrugs and crime is simplistic and misguided, because it fails totake into account the complex social and psychological contextsthat underpin the relationship between drug or alcohol problems andcrime. In clear and accessible language, it reviews existingexplanations of the links between drugs and crime, and assesses thepractical approaches currently being taken to tackle the problemsinvolved.
Key topics covered include:
* The kinds of substance uses society finds acceptable and normal,and the reasons for these categorisations
* What causes offending, drug use and drug problems across the lifecourse
* Regulating the illicit drugs industry
* Addressing poverty and social exclusion, which are key drivers ofdrugs and crime.
Drugs and crime are of concern to us all. This textbook will be ofgreat value to advanced undergraduate and graduate students acrossthe social sciences and in health and social care, including thosestudying criminology, psychology, medical sociology, social policy,social work or criminal justice. It will also be of interest toacademics, practitioners and policy makers in these fields.