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Drugs and Alcohol: Their Impact on Crime Rate

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Among the developed countries of the world, the U.S. is one that continues to struggle with crime. Each year, it attracts international attention owing to the crimes committed by its citizens, young and old alike. Most of these involve murder which sometimes are attributed to drug and alcohol abuse. Research has also confirmed a correlation between drug use and criminal behavior.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in its 2012 report entitled Crime in the United States, said violent crimes went up by 0.7 percent or more than 1.2 million violent crimes. The ratio was 386.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants and this rate was the same as the 2011 record.

These crimes involving drug and alcohol use are costing the government and taxpayers billions of dollars each year. The cost of controlling drug and alcohol crime alone already costs $44.1 billion while the cost to taxpayers is pegged at $32.7 billion.

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An estimated 14.8 million Americans were found to be drug users based on the 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. Authorities stressed that this chronic use of illicit drugs is what causes criminal activity and damages the nation.

In 2010, 37,000 drug related deaths were recorded with 1.6 million adults and 196,000 juveniles arrested. The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported that more than 50 percent of inmates that are in federal prison were jailed due to drug offenses.

Drugs being abused in the U.S. are plenty these days. However, those commonly identified when crimes are committed include cocaine (27 percent), marijuana (22 percent), methamphetamine (16 percent), heroin (6 percent) and prescription drugs (2 percent).

Drug-related crimes are classified into three categories - victim/offender use-related, economic-related and system-related. Crimes that are victim/offender use-related refer to the ingestion of a drug that causes violent behavior. Economic crimes are those committed by drug users to support additional drug use while the system-related crimes are those directly or indirectly related to the system of drug distribution and trafficking which is also linked to the commission of violent crimes.

Alcohol-related Crimes

Crimes committed as a result of too much alcohol intake are also common in the U.S. Each year, nearly 13,000 of people are killed on roadways due to alcohol-related accidents. The 2010 record showed the arrest of 595,000 adults and 13,000 juveniles for such crimes.

In 2004, it was estimated that 17.6 million people in the U.S. were dependent on or abused alcohol. Additionally, while drunk driving is what commonly gets much attention, the use of alcohol has been attributed to other crimes including domestic violence, underage drinking and assault.

The Saratogian News reported that some 183,000 cases of rape and sexual assault as well as robberies, aggravated assaults and simple assaults recorded every year involved alcohol use.

Offenders charged with drug and alcohol related crimes can still seek legal help if they want to. They can turn to defense lawyers in their area such as a drug possession lawyer for those based in the state of Arizona. These legal professionals are skilled in defending their clients and supporting them throughout the trial process.

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Sexual Violence: The Real Scenario in the Military

Violence against women is a worldwide concern. It continues to take place in many parts of the globe as confirmed by research. Studies have shown that sexual violence both by partners and non-partners prevail.

A report entitled Global and regional estimates of violence against women revealed that some 35 percent of all women will experience either violence from an intimate partner or
non-partner. The study further showed that intimate partner violence is the most common with 30 percent of women worldwide affected by it.

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But while sexual violence can occur in the home or anywhere else, the military is perhaps the last place you will think it can take place. With mostly disciplined men making up the military, a common perception is that female members will be
well protected by their male colleagues and officers.
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Infographic: Franchise Economic Trends for 2013

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Franchising remains to be a popular business option in many parts of the world. With a small investment required as well as free training and marketing support already in place, those looking to start their own business can do so even in the comfort of their homes.

In 2012, the franchise industry achieved positive growth since four years ago. The Franchise Business Economic Outlook report showed a growth of 1.4 percent as the number of establishments in the industry went up.

This 2013, the forecast at the start of the year was continued growth at the same rate or exceeding that of the private sector. Amidst this positive forecast, however, industry leaders are not fully satisfied with the growth statistics. They attributed the minimal increase to uncertainties felt by business owners concerning the global economic situation and public policy. Read More ›

Google Drive

Google Drive vs the Competition

Google's cloud service is serious about taking on the competition. This infographic compares Google Drive to its top three competitors: Dropbox, Microsoft's Skydrive, and Apple's iCloud. Besides comparing size, pricing, and platform support, we also take a look at a brief history of these cloud services.
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About Infographics

Even though infographics are hugely popular I'm still surprised by the number of inquiries we get from people who aren't sure exactly what they are, how they are created or why they are important.

So, we sat down and decided to make an infographic about infographics!

This design was published on Performancing.com

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E-Reading Trends

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E-reading has taken America by storm, with more and more people preferring their Kindles to any other medium. We take a look at the current trends in E-Reading, including what type of people prefer e-reading, and what the bestselling devices are. View Infographic ›

Luxury Brands

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The truth is that your favorite luxury brand is probably owned by one of just three big companies- and it's possible you've never heard of them before. We take a look at LVMH, PPR and Richemont, the three giants in the world of luxury goods today- and compare their holdings. View Infographic ›

Which Came First?

Everyone believes that the iPhone came before the first Android phone, but is that really true? We decided to take a look. Especially revealing was the crossover of Andy Rubin, whose connections to both companies is telling in itself, even if Apple won the race to public release by more than a year. View Infographic ›

The Space Economy

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Asteroid mining is now being touted as the next frontier for minerals and with big name backers such as James Cameron and Google it could be the next gold rush. Planetary Resources hired us to create an infographic for them explaining how these asteroids rich in minerals and ores will be harvested. View Infographic ›

Instagram at $1 Billion

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With over 300 million registered users and a billion photos uploaded, Instagram's rise from a simple "snap a photo, apply a filter" mobile app to Facebook's newest baby is a developer's dream story if we ever heard one. This infographic takes a look at Instagram's journey to their billion dollar acquisition. View Infographic ›

Switching to Google+

Reasons to switch to Google Plus

Google's answer to Facebook recently announced 100 million users. While that's still nowhere near Facebook's 800 million, it clearly has a lot to offer its users- especially those who use other Google services. The jury on Google+ remains out, but in this infographic we came up with twenty reasons to switch to it. View Infographic ›

Business Hotspots

Global Hotspots

A city's competitiveness is measured by its ability to attract capital, businesses & tourists. Our infographic, inspired by the Economist, takes a look at the most competitive cities in the world. It's interesting to note that when it comes to economic strength, Asia dominates the world, with 15 of the top 20 cities in that category located in Asia. View Infographic ›

Best Countries to Live

Top 10 Countries to Live & Work Abroad In

This extensively researched infographic showcases the results of the latest expat surveys on the top countries to live and work abroad in- and why. As a bonus we've included how these countries rank when it comes to measuring cost of living, certainly a factor when deciding where to live. View Infographic ›

Rise of Dropbox

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MIT graduate Drew Houston co-founded Dropbox back in 2006 when he got tired of keeping track of his USB flash drive. He knew there must be a faster, more convenient and safer way of not just storing data but also sharing it. Today Dropbox is one of the hottest tech start-ups around and is going from strength to strength so much that tech giants such as IBM and Google are playing catch up.

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Mobile Gaming

Mobile Gaming Networks

If you've done any mobile gaming at all, you're probably familiar with Open Feint, Crystal, Plus+ or Apple's Game Center. Here we take a closer look at the big four Mobile Gaming Networks. Big business, considering that the 1.08 billion smartphones in the world are mostly (61% of the time) used for gaming. View Infographic ›

Lessons of Steve Jobs

Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs

He's been compared to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, a true visionary who encouraged the world to "think different". But as our "tribute" infographic shows, there are many more lessons to be learned from the life of Steve Jobs. View Infographic ›

Brand Advocates

A infographic created for Zuberance.com looking at brand advocates and how much influence and reach they have.

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Overview of Pinterest

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A look at what Pinterest is and who is using it around the world.

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