The Drug-Violence Nexus
One of the most worrying manifestations of drug markets is serious violence and homicide. Drug violence can be classified as psychopharmacological (in which there is a direct relationship between drugs and violence, in that the violent crime is committed by an individual under the influence of drugs), economic-compulsive (in which there is an indirect relationship between drugs and violence, in that economically oriented violent crime is committed in order to support costly drug use) or systemic (crime resulting from the aggressive patterns of interaction that occur within the system of drug markets). Addressing drug-related homicide (DRH) is important as homicides are very severe events that affect individuals, families and communities.
In a series of reports and articles, together with the EMCDDA, we seek to shed light on the drug-violence nexus.