How the Plummeting Price of Cocaine Fueled the Nationwide Drop in Violent Crime

Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones
The Atlantic Cities blog (US)
Friday, November 11, 2011

This contradicts one of the central tenets of the War on Drugs, which is that the psychopharmacological effects of drug use lead to criminal behavior. Most studies show that it's in fact the competition of an unregulated market that encourages the majority of violent crime. This concept was evidenced during the prohibition era in the 1920s, a time that coincided with an increase in crime, corruption, and contempt for law.