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Drugs, alcohol and criminality in American society
Flowers, R. Barri (Ronald Barri)
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1999]

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xiv, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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HV5825 .F62 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In the United States alone, millions of men, women and children use drugs, alcohol, or both. Drugs and alcohol are closely related to poor school performance, poor health, work-related stresses, crime and delinquency. Drugs and alcohol have been shown to be prominent factors in exposure to HIV infection--whether through intravenous drug use or unprotected, high-risk sexual relations. Regardless of all the known hazards, the incidence of drug and alcohol use continues to rise in the United States.This book reveals the nature and magnitude of drug and alcohol use in American society, and public opinion on drugs, alcohol, and substance abuse. It examines the illicit drug trade, the war on drugs, and law enforcement. The connection between substance abuse and criminality is addressed, with special studies on prisoners, teenagers, minorities, women, and college campuses. Accompanied by numerous tables and figures.

Author Notes

Ronald Barri Flowers, born October 25 1956 in Detroit, is a criminologist, crime writer, novelist, textbook author, and screenwriter. He received a B.A. in 1977 and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in 1980. His publications include The Prostitution Of Women and Girls, an exploration of female prostitution worldwide; The Sex Slave Murders, the true story of Gerald and Charlene Gallego, America's first husband-wife serial killers; and Female Crime, Criminals and Cellmates: An Exploration of Female Criminality and Delinquency.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Part I Alcohol and Drugs in Society
Chapter 1 The Magnitude of Alcohol Consumption and Abusep. 7
Chapter 2 The Scope of Drug Usep. 15
Chapter 3 Alcohol, Drugs and Crimep. 32
Chapter 4 Public Opinion on the Alcohol and Drug Problemp. 44
Part II The Illicit Drug Trade
Chapter 5 The Nature of Drug Abusep. 59
Chapter 6 The Business of Illicit Drugsp. 71
Chapter 7 The Harmful Effects of Substance Abusep. 85
Part III Substance Abuse and Criminality
Chapter 8 Teenage Alcohol and Drug Usep. 99
Chapter 9 Women and Substance Abusep. 112
Chapter 10 Minorities, Drugs and Alcoholp. 123
Chapter 11 Drinking and Drugs on College Campusesp. 137
Chapter 12 Drugs, Alcohol and Other Crimesp. 146
Part IV The War on Drugs
Chapter 13 Prisoners, Drugs and Alcoholp. 157
Chapter 14 Law Enforcement and Drug Controlp. 180
Chapter 15 Laws Aimed at Combating the Drug Problemp. 196
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 225