The phenomenon of drug abuse and the connection with criminality: combating and preventing the problem in Cyprus

Konsolos, Christodoulos (2013) The phenomenon of drug abuse and the connection with criminality: combating and preventing the problem in Cyprus. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Crimes related to drug abuse and the illegal manufacturing and trafficking of drugs are serious problems for virtually every country. The abuse of drugs has an adverse impact, not only on the individual abuser, but also on the economy and society of a country as a whole. Drug use and the problems that accompany it have an extremely deleterious effect on the healthy development of young people especially. Due to the rapid increase in drug related crime and drug abusers, the establishment of effective measures for demand and supply reduction are a pressing issue.
    The research aims to assess the extent of the drug use problem in Cyprus and to examine what can be done to assist drug users through the police and social institutions. Furthermore, research aims to consider why people are attracted to drugs and to identify the connection between drug use and crime. This will be achieved through exploring and discussing the criminological theories of drug use, the causes of this phenomenon, the relation between drugs and crime, as well as the preventing measures combating drug abuse.
    In order to meet the aim and objectives of the research, both primary and secondary data were used and examined. To reach a conclusion and identify the existence and the extent of the drug problem in Cyprus, examination of secondary data in the form of statistical information for the last ten years in Cyprus has been carried out. Primary data were also used. Personal interviews from a number of police officers have been carried out in a form of a questionnaire.
    The study concludes that the prevailing aim must be the prevention of the problem and moreover that the detection and prosecution of organized drug trafficking networks is imperative. Prevention measures through social institutions, family, police, rehabilitation centres prove to be the appropriate solution for tackling the problem of drugs in Cyprus and punishment is not always successful.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 14:33
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:33

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