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Abstract or Description

The alarming increase in lethal violence among young people in the U.S.—which is often attributed to drug use and drug trafficking—has prompted re-examination of the relationship between drugs and violent offending.While no national data exist, numerous local studies find a high prevalence of homicide deaths among identified drug addicts, a high prevalence of substance use—typically alcohol—among victims of homicide, and a high proportion of persons testing positive for drug use among arrestees for violent offenses. Other studies report large increases in drug-related homicides or other violence associated with drug distribution.