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Drug & Alcohol Crime & Offenses Programs at a Glance
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Drugs & Substance Abuse

Drug & Alcohol Crime & Offenses

The relationship between drugs and alcohol and crime is complex. Most directly, it is a crime to buy, use, possess, manufacture, or distribute illegal drugs (such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana). The misuse of legal substances may also be connected to crime. For example, prescription drug abuse may be associated with a variety of crimes such as prescription forgery, illegal internet pharmacies, and drug theft. Similarly, alcohol, while legal for adults, may be used in a manner that constitutes a crime or status offense (i.e., while operating a vehicle or possession by a minor). Drugs and alcohol also impact crime indirectly via the effects they have on users’ behavior and by their association with violence and other illegal activity in connection with their manufacture, distribution, acquisition or consumption.


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OJP Publications

Drug Offenders in Federal Prisons: Estimates of Characteristics Based on Linked Data, BJS, October 2015

Federal Sentencing Disparity: 2005-2012, BJS, October 2015

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2014, BJS, July 2015

University of Kentucky Study Demonstrates the Effectiveness of Mandatory Enrollment in PDMPs, BJA-Sponsored, July 2015

Optimizing Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs To Support Law Enforcement Activities, NIJ-Sponsored, July 2015

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How many drug offenses are handled by juvenile courts in the United States?
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