Select 1 of the following theory categories that attempts to explain why people use drugs as solutions to their mental, emotional, and physical problems:

  • Medical
  • Biological
  • Psychological
  • Sociological

Using the library, course materials, textbook, and Web resources, research your selected category of theories, and select 2 of the major theories within that category.

Assignment Details

Address the following in 3–5 pages:

  • What 2 theories did you select? Briefly identify and describe them.
  • For each theory, answer the following questions:
    • How does this theory explain drug use and abuse? Explain in detail.
    • Does this theory support a strong relationship between drug use and crime? Explain in detail.
  • Find 2 articles about individuals who were charged with a crime while under the influence of illicit substances. Answer the following questions: 
    • Briefly describe the individual, the offense, and the drugs used.
    • How much of an influence did drugs appear to have on the individual with regard to committing the crime? Explain.
    • Do the cases found in your selected articles support your selected theories? Why or why not? 
    • Based on your research, what is the scope of the relationship between drugs and crime? Explain.
  • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.