Ending the Adolescent Drug-Crime Cycle
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The paper examines the research that shows how adolescents are using and abusing drugs and alcohol, and that substance use is closely linked with delinquency, both in juveniles and adults. The paper explains why adolescents are very susceptible to substance use, abuse and dependency and discusses the risk factors for substance use. The paper also looks at the evidence that a vicious cycle between drug and crime exists, and argues that the key to ending it lies within the juvenile justice system. The paper believes that the most effective technique for ending the drug-crime cycle is early intervention aimed at reducing drug use, delinquency and crime before the youth enter the juvenile justice system.
From the Paper:"In 2008, The National Institute of Drug Abuse surveyed 12th graders and found that 47.4% reported using an illicit drug during his or her lifetime, including: 42.6% who reported using marijuana or hash, and an astonishing, 71.9% who reported consuming alcohol (National Institute on Drug Abuse 2008 High School: 3). Though the overall number of adolescents abusing substances has been decreasing, the numbers are still considered too high, and these reports do not include adolescents who have dropped out of school (Dembo, Williams, & Schmeid 1992: 29). Adolescents are using and abusing drugs and alcohol, and research has shown that substance use is closely linked with delinquency, both in juveniles and adults. A vicious cycle between drug and crime does exist, and the key to ending it lies within the juvenile justice system (Dembo, Williams, & Schmeid 1992: 38)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Dembo, Richard, Williams, Linda, and Schmeid, James. 1992. "Drug Abuse Among Juvenile Detainees." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 521: 28-41.
- McBride, Duane C., Vanderwaal, Curtis J., Terry, Yvonne M., and VanBuren, Holly. 1999. "Breaking the Cycle of Drug Use Among Juvenile Offenders." National Institute of Justice.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2008 High School and Youth Trends. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2004. "Lessons from Prevention Research." U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2006. "Treatment Approaches for Drug Abusers in the Criminal Justice System." U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
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