Drug-crime myth;Child file;Briefing;Week in education

29th October 1999 at 01:00
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."

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