Ideally everyone is virtually a victim of the consequences of substance abuse. This is because we all have the burden to handle in the event of a member of the family is directly involved in addiction to substances. So if you thought that because you are not directly using alcohol or drugs then you’re safe, you are missing the point. As a care giver you will have serious realignment in your schedule, finances, social life and many more while caring for a loved one since drug related crimes victims is a societal problem. Therefore according to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, all of us are victims of alcohol or drug related crime.what that communicates is that drug related crimes is deeply rooted in our societies. And as already stated, even though you may not be the person using alcohol or drugs, or violating the law, you can certainly be a victim of an alcohol or drug-related crime. In fact, the information available from the past research is shocking and it indicates that millions of people each year become victims of alcohol or drag related crimes victims in the society and this includes millions of young people being introduced into drugs every day. Using the US as an example, doctor Akoury is of the opinion that the following statistics from several studies are indicators of how deep alcohol and drugs are related to crime:
- Each year, more than 600,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- 95% of all violent crime on college campuses involves the use of alcohol by the assailant, victim or both.
- 90% of acquaintance rape and sexual assault on college campuses involves the use of alcohol by the assailant, victim or both.
- Every day, 36 people die, and approximately 700 are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Drinking and drugged driving is the number one cause of death, injury and disability of young people under the age of 21.
From the above statistics the connection between alcohol, drugs and crime is clear. And so is the connection between alcohol and drug addiction and crime. Therefore we need to break the chain of drug related crimes so that the problem of addiction in peoples’ health can be corrected medically. The school of thought where addicts are sent to prisons has been seen to be in appropriate when it comes to finding lasting solutions to alcohol misuse and substance abuse. Doctor Akoury further says that even though prisons are said to be correctional facilities, it is not surprising that sending addicts to jail alone has had little effect on reduction of drug addiction or in promoting recovery. As a matter of fact holding an addict in jail without access to alcohol and drug addiction treatment, with no specific plans for treatment and recovery support upon release is not only adding problem to the already complicated situation but also very costly, ineffective and unsustainable. Besides that if proper treatment is not administered then many in the criminal justice system will continue being on the wrong side of the law because prevention of any anticipated future crime and re-arrest after serving their terms is inevitable. It is therefore very important that those in authorities take the first lane in the treatment of inmates particularly those with history of drug addiction.
Victims of alcohol or drug related crimes include you and me by all standards. This is reflected very vividly in the findings of a study conducted by NCADD in the sense that most nations’ prison populations has really exploded and stretched beyond capacity and taking America as an example, it is estimated that out of every 100 citizens one is serving a jail term for reasons that are closely associated with alcohol and drugs. Of the inmates in prisons in most of the correctional facilities as they are called it is also estimated that up to 80% of those offenders abused either alcohol or other drugs with nearly 50% of the same being clinically addicted. Further to that the findings is very clear that imprisonment of such offenders has done very little if any in helping the inmates recover from their addiction to alcohol or drugs. Experts have approximated that 95% of inmates return to alcohol and drug use after release from prison. In view of this doctor Akoury is registering that professionally it is very evident that providing treatment without holding offenders accountable for their performance in treatment is expensive and ineffective and unless such offenders are regularly supervised by a judge, the estimates speaks for itself that between 60 – 80% of inmates will drop out of treatment prematurely and very few successfully graduate to completion of treatment.
As we come to the end of this section of the discussion, we are now able to tell confidently that alcohol and drugs and very closely associated to crimes and that from the findings mentioned above, drag related crimes victims in the society we are all victims of alcohol or drug related crime. Therefore in view of the response to the facts stated above, some local NCADD Affiliates are actually leading the local effort, Drug Court programs for example have since been developed across the country. All these are designed at bringing solutions to the bigger problem. Therefore in balancing accountability, treatment and recovery from drug related crimes, the Drug Courts are now judicially-supervised court dockets that strike the proper balance between the need to protect community safety and the need to improve public health and well-being; between the need for treatment and the need to hold people accountable for their actions; between hope and redemption on the one hand and good citizenship on the other. It is a good step in the right direction but we all have a duty to play in first eliminating misuse of alcohol and drugs because this are the triggers of crime. Therefore if you have any problem with addiction of any substance, the solution is to seek for help and that you can get professionally by scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today.