The nature of the solution
What do we know about the drugs–crime connection?
What do we know about the extent of drug misuse?
What do we know about methods for tackling drug-related crime?
What lessons can be learned for current government policy?
What lessons can be learned for research methods?
Here, we reflect on what has been learned about the relationship between drug misuse and crime from this review of the literature. First, we look at what we now know about the nature of the relationship and the extent to which the association is causal or non-causal. Second, we summarize the programmes and other interventions that have been used to tackle drugrelated crime and draw some conclusions about their overall effectiveness. Third, we consider the lessons that can be learned for government policy and what more might be done to reduce crime among drug users. Fourth, we consider the lessons that can be learned for research on drug-related crime and evaluations of methods designed to reduce it. Finally, we reflect on the state of current knowledge about drugs and crime and comment on what more might be done to expand knowledge and effective practice.
One of the aims of the book has been to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the relationship between drug misuse and crime. These include: 'What do we know about the extent of drug misuse?', 'What is the