Published: April 2010

Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug-Related Violence: Evidence From A Scientific Review

This report is also available in Russian & Spanish.

This report consists of a scientific review that illustrates the relationship between drug law enforcement and drug-related violence. In March 2011, this report was published in the International Journal on Drug Policy.

Violence is among the primary concerns of communities around the world, and research from many settings has demonstrated clear links between violence and the illicit drug trade, particularly in urban settings. While violence has traditionally been framed as resulting from the effects of drugs on individual users (e.g., drug-induced psychosis), violence in drug markets and in drug-producing areas such as Mexico is increasingly understood as a means for drug gangs to gain or maintain a share of the lucrative illicit drug market.

A supplementary summary report is available in English & Spanish & Russian & Portuguese & French.
View an article published in the International Journal of Drug Policy related to this report. 

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