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THE PARADOX OF DRUG ABUSE, POVERTY AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR AMONG YOUTH IN NIGERIA
Abstract: – The degree of unemployment also correlates with poverty. Higher unemployment level would increase poverty and at the same time engenders crime activities due to depression associated with being unemployed. In their perspective, poverty to individual behavioral characteristics and choices such as alcohol and substance abuse, rape, theft etc. they suggest that the problem of poverty is within the control of the poor themselves and therefore policies and programs need to influence those choices through incentives and prohibitions. This paper examines the Paradox of drug abuse, poverty and criminal behavior in Nigeria. Theoretically the paper employed Merton’s strain theory of crime to explain the issue of poverty, drug abuse and criminal behavior. Appropriate recommendations were also derived from the paper such as empowerment of youths through skill acquisitions, adequate training and retraining of youths enlightenment campaigns and struggles for good governance in Nigeria society.
Key Words: – Drug abuse, Poverty, Criminality Behaviour, Nigeria