The relationship between drug use and crime: a puzzle inside an enigma

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58446
Title:
The relationship between drug use and crime: a puzzle inside an enigma
Authors:
Simpson, M. (Mark)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Department of Criminology.; Social Futures Institute. Youth Research Unit.
Citation:
Simpson, M. (2003) 'The relationship between drug use and crime: a puzzle inside an enigma', International Journal of Drug Policy, 14 (4), pp.307-319.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
International Journal of Drug Policy
Issue Date:
Aug-2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58446
DOI:
10.1016/S0955-3959(03)00081-1
Abstract:
The recreational/dependent drug use dichotomy has very quickly become the established wisdom within drugs literature. The paper uses the concept of ‘drug career’ to demonstrate that this bipolar distinction is problematic. The research it reports suggests that, alongside ‘recreational drug use’ and ‘dependent drug use’, a third form or ‘episode’ of drug use can be observed: what we call here ‘persistent drug use’. Following this exploration of drug careers, the article examines the interaction between drug use and crime. It is purported that a simple unilateral causal explanation is overly simplistic as the relationship is not consistent throughout the career of a drug user and through the qualitative exploration of drug careers the nuances of this relationship are identified. It is therefore suggested that both classifications of drugs and the relationship between drug use and crime are products of local social contexts and environments.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
drug careers; drug use; drugs; crime; drugs–crime nexus; drug patterns; UK
ISSN:
0955-3959
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 18/01/2010]
Citation Count:
9 [Scopus, 18/01/2010]

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, M. (Mark)en
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:52:16Zen
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:52:16Zen
dc.date.issued2003-08en
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Drug Policy; 14 (4): 307-319en
dc.identifier.issn0955-3959en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0955-3959(03)00081-1en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58446en
dc.description.abstractThe recreational/dependent drug use dichotomy has very quickly become the established wisdom within drugs literature. The paper uses the concept of ‘drug career’ to demonstrate that this bipolar distinction is problematic. The research it reports suggests that, alongside ‘recreational drug use’ and ‘dependent drug use’, a third form or ‘episode’ of drug use can be observed: what we call here ‘persistent drug use’. Following this exploration of drug careers, the article examines the interaction between drug use and crime. It is purported that a simple unilateral causal explanation is overly simplistic as the relationship is not consistent throughout the career of a drug user and through the qualitative exploration of drug careers the nuances of this relationship are identified. It is therefore suggested that both classifications of drugs and the relationship between drug use and crime are products of local social contexts and environments.en
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 18/01/2010]en
dc.subjectdrug careersen
dc.subjectdrug useen
dc.subjectdrugsen
dc.subjectcrimeen
dc.subjectdrugs–crime nexusen
dc.subjectdrug patternsen
dc.subjectUKen
dc.titleThe relationship between drug use and crime: a puzzle inside an enigmaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Department of Criminology.en
dc.contributor.departmentSocial Futures Institute. Youth Research Unit.en
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Drug Policyen
ref.assessmentRAE 2008en
ref.citationcount9 [Scopus, 18/01/2010]en
or.citation.harvardSimpson, M. (2003) 'The relationship between drug use and crime: a puzzle inside an enigma', International Journal of Drug Policy, 14 (4), pp.307-319.en
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