Diazepam, alcohol use and violence among male young offenders: 'the devil's mixture’

Alasdair Forsyth, Furzana Khan, William McKinlay

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    Abstract

    Diazepam is a benzodiazepine which has a history of usage among problem drug using groups. It has also been linked to aggression in laboratory settings. This article will examine illicit diazepam use and violence amongst predominantly alcohol-orientated offenders. A self-complete survey of male Young Offenders (n¿=¿172) recruited during their induction into Scotland's only Young Offender's Institution was carried out during 2007. Qualitative interviews (n¿=¿30) were conducted during 2008 on another sample recruited in the same way.



    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)468-476
    JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
    Volume18
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

    Keywords

    • benzodiazepines
    • alcohol
    • violence
    • diazepam
    • young offenders

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