A STUDY by the criminal policy research unit at London's South Bank University found that most offenders in drug-related crimes started their criminal careers long before their illegal drug use. Mike Hough, director of the unit, said:
"The commonly held belief that people are dragged into a life of crime is not accurate." He added:"Locking up problem drug-users gives a temporary respite. But if they don't get effective treatment on release they will resume a drug career."