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The Chicken and the Egg: Drug Abuse and Crime

Drug abuse and crime go hand-in-hand in both the adult criminal justice system and the juvenile justice system. What comes first??

  • Estimates suggest that adult offenders have four times the rates of substance abuse and dependence than the general population.
  • In juvenile justice settings, it is estimated that 50-75% of juveniles were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their offense.

To learn more, check out the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s three studies that explore the intersection of the criminal justice system and substance use and abuse.

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