From Drunk or Drugging to Jail: A Strong PossibilityPublished on August 3rd, 2016
It’s been said there are only three endings for a lifetime of drug addiction: a mental institution, prison, or death. Facts show this to be awfully true. Of all inmates as of June 2016, 46.3% are incarcerated for drug-related offenses. Over 25% of inmates commit their current offenses in order to obtain drug money. Approximately 4% of all homicide arrests are drug-related. Perhaps the most staggering statistic is that 80% of all arrests involve alcohol or drugs. Not enough? Consider these facts. 80% of the jailed use drugs or alcohol, 60% of them tested positive for drugs or alcohol upon arrest, and 50% of them are clinical addicts.
It’s not just drinking & drugging that gets you locked up.
Drinking by itself can lead to arrest by means of public intoxication, DWI, illegal possession if under 21, and reckless endangerment, (exemplified by those “cool” parents who allow underage drinking). Simply possessing drugs can get you arrested; don’t forget about illegal use, distribution if a dealer, and intent to distribute in cases with large amounts.
There’s so much more.
“Because alcohol use is legal and pervasive, it plays a particularly strong role in therelationship to crime and other social problems. Alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes today, and according to the Department of Justice, 37% of almost 2 million convicted offenders currently in jail, report that they were drinking at the time of their arrest.”
This quote says it all, taken from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Alcohol is the most common substance involved in both violent and sexual crimes. The impact alcohol has on a user’s brain, especially long-term drinking to excess, can lead to various crimes being committed. For example, 66% of domestic violence cases involve alcohol.
Drug use can also lead to multiple other crimes. The NCADD cites three types of crimes that involve drugs indirectly. First there are use-related crimes, those committed due to the psychological effects of drug use, such as robbery or assault. Second there are economic-related crimes, those committed in order to fund a drug habit, such as theft or prostitution. Last there are system-related crimes, those committed within the structure of the illegal drug system, such as production, transportation, and turf war violence.
I’m a normal person. I’m not going to get arrested.
Drinking and driving is the third most committed crime in the US. Almost half of automobile accident fatalities involve alcohol. In 2007, one in eight Saturday night drivers tested positive for an illicit substance. An overwhelming 80% of Americans arrested under age 18 are either on drugs/drunk or test positive at the time of arrest.
The statistics don’t stop coming.
600,000 college students a year are assaulted by someone either drunk or on drugs. Almost all (95%) violent crimes committed on college campuses involve alcohol or drug use. 40% of child abusers admit to being drunk at the time of abuse and children of substance abusers are 300% more likely to be abused than children of non-abusers. These statistics come from the NCADD.
If you honestly believe that continued alcohol and drug use won’t get you in trouble with the law, or worse, click any of the above links and read more about how often it happens. Every day the number of incarcerated grows, and until the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse are realized, that number will continue to grow.
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