Women, Illicit Drugs, and Crime

  • Patricia G. Erickson
  • Valerie A. Watson


Illicit drug use is, by definition, a crime. That simple observation thrusts illicit drug use into the realm of law-breaking behaviors long dominated by men. Thus, the question of women’s patterns of illicit drug use and their relation to criminal activities must be addressed within the broader context of gender differences in criminal and delinquent behavior. The literature reviewed in this chapter is unequivocal on two points; that research on women has been neglected in the fields of both criminology and addictions (Miller, 1983; Prather and Fidell, 1978; Adelberg and Currie, 1987), and that male and female patterns of both crime and substance use are very different (Provine, 1987; Ferrence and Whitehead, 1980).


Illicit Drug Criminal Behavior Regular Drug User Special Committee Female Offender 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia G. Erickson
    • 1
  • Valerie A. Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.Drug Policy Research Program, Prevention Studies DepartmentAddiction Research FoundationTorontoCanada

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