Professor Raymond Edwards
Indiana Wesleyan University
5.2 Dropbox Assignment
Drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world. Drug abuse has plagued the
American continent, since the 1800’s when morphine, heroin and cocaine were hailed for their amazing curative properties. In the mid-20th century, illicit drug use was all but eradicated in the
United States through focused national and global suppression of the industry. In the 1960’s when many new and exotic drugs, such as hallucinogens, amphetamines and marijuana became more readily available. The drug use if cocaine for the first time between 1980 and 1984 the averaged users were 1.3 million per year. By the time we got to the year 1995 5,000,000
Americans confessed to smoking marijuana. The office of Drug Control Policy detected an increase in heroin use among youth and young adults. This shows how drugs have been affecting us for years. I was amazed as I did the research on the history of drug abuse.
Drugs are related to crime in many different ways. The most directly it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture or distribute drugs. Drugs related to crime through the effects they have on the user’s behavior and by generating violence and other illegal activity. Crimes associated with drug use range from violent (such as murder) to acquisitive( such as burglary). It is really important to recognize the complexity of criminal acts associated with drug use of criminal acts associated with drugs and nonviolent crimes.
Comparative criminology is the study of crime in two or more cultures in the effect to gain broader information for theory construction and crime-control modeling. Thus, it can be seen that the organicist and evolutionist theory, oddly enough on par with the behaviorist theory, tends toward the use of the comparative method and the analysis of data from the most diverse of societies. The reasons for this choice of the comparative method can be stated as follows: a) The premise that human nature is basically the same everywhere-a combination of aspirations and rejections; b) The premise of limited variations between socio-cultural forms and types of personalities, expressed in the concept of the "modal personality"; c) The -pre-ise- of scientific- determinism which believes in the…