Substance Abuse Related Crimes

Did you know that substance abuse related crimes are prevalent all over the U.S. While we don’t often here on the news that drugs or alcohol fueled a crime, it does happen quite often. Below, you’ll find statistics and facts from These support substance abuse related crimes and how often they happen. If you’ve fallen victim to domestic violence due to substance abuse, please contact our Durham domestic violence attorney for help.

Facts and Statistics | Durham Domestic Violence Attorney

  • Treatment offers the best alternative for interrupting the criminal justice cycle for offenders with drug and alcohol problems.
  • Though there is no “cause” of abuse and no specific profile of abusers, many factors contribute and make abuse more likely to occur. Pressures on the family, alcohol and drug abuse, and social isolation can all lead to parental stress and increase the chances that a parent will strike out at their child.
  • Those with a drug use dependency are more likely to be arrested for acquisitive crimes such as burglary or shop theft, or for robbery and handling stolen goods — crimes often related to “feeding the habit.” For example,
  • The relationship between drugs and crime is complex, and one question is whether drug use leads people into criminal activity or whether those who use drugs are already predisposed to such activity. Many illegal drug users commit no other kinds of crimes, and many persons who commit crimes never use illegal drugs. However, at the most intense levels of drug use, drugs and crime are directly and highly correlated and serious drug use can amplify and perpetuate preexisting criminal activity.
  • Research has shown that treatment works — people can and do recover from addiction, maintaining abstinence from alcohol and drugs.
  • Research has also shown that as substance abuse declines, so does criminal behavior. Jail or prison should be a place where people can get the help they need.
  • Approximately 95% of inmates return to alcohol and drug use after release from prison, and 60 – 80% of drug abusers commit a new crime (typically a drug-driven crime) after release from prison.
  • Approximately 60% of individuals arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illegal drugs at arrest.
  • Among victims of domestic violence, alcohol played a role in 55% of the cases, while drugs played a role in only 9% of the cases; for spousal violence, alcohol was a factor in 65% of the cases, versus only 5% for drugs.
  • Alcohol and drugs are implicated in an estimated 80% of offenses leading to incarceration in the United States such as domestic violence, driving while intoxicated, property offenses, drug offenses, and public-order offenses.
  • 95% of all violent crime on college campuses involves the use of alcohol by the assailant, victim or both.
  • 90% of acquaintance rape and sexual assault on college campuses involves the use of alcohol by the assailant, victim or both.
  • 9 million of 2.4 million juvenile arrests had substance abuse and addiction involvement, while only 68,600 juveniles received substance abuse treatment.
  • 80% of offenders abuse drugs or alcohol.

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