Drugs and Crime

Marijuana Marijuana is generally associated with a reduced desire to use violence.
Heroin  Like marijuana, heroin generally has the effect of lowering the desire to use violence.  In some cases, however, it appears that disturbed or impulsive behaviours may occur during a period of withdrawal.
Cocaine Cocaine’s main property is that it stimulates the central nervous system.  Cocaine abuse can cause paranoia, although that reaction appears to be infrequent among cocaine users as a whole.  Some report that cocaine use can also cause irritability and anxiety in users, especially at the end of a period of intoxication.
PCP  PCP is recognized for its many properties (hallucinogenic, analgesic and anesthetic).  Like cocaine, it stimulates the central nervous system.  Empirical studies are particularly incomplete for this drug; however, PCP is second to alcohol as the drug most often associated with violence.
LSD Like PCP, LSD is known for its hallucinogenic properties.  It can therefore cause strange and violent behaviour.
Amphetamines The main property of amphetamines is that, like cocaine, they stimulate the central nervous system.  Amphetamine abuse can thus cause paranoia, irritability, anxiety and even toxic psychosis.

The table above shows the main effects of certain drugs in terms of violent or criminal behaviour. The reason being I’m intrigued as to whether my father’s criminal activities were purely the outcome of his drug use, or whether it was due to his mental disorders, which also may have been the outcome of his drug use. I already think it was the drugs that destroyed my father but then again it takes a certain person to be able to poison their body and mind willingly.

I found an interesting article from Friday, 7th October 2005 taken from the BBC News website outlining drug use in the U.K. I’ve highlighted the parts which I found interesting, most of all relevant. In an earlier post I spoke briefly of B.F.Skinners philosophical theory that human behaviour and personality are the outcome of a persons environment and surroundings. In the article, it’s claimed that in the U.K, people have a ‘binge mentality’. My father was always searching for a harder more profound hit and obviously took things too far. Could the culture he was born in be to blame for his destructive, never enough attitude?

I’ve been looking through one of my fathers notebooks repeatedly recently, the one featuring his suicide note meant for me. On one of the pages, the word, ‘speedballing’ is printed repeatedly. I never understood it, thanks to the article I realise it’s a drug term. Cool…but not so cool.

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