Narcotism among young people

Tyumen State University Herald. Social, Economic, and Law Research


2015, Vol. 1. №1(1)

Narcotism among young people

About the authors:

Yana N. Dashina,
Post-graduate Student, Financial and Economic Institute, Tyumen State University

Vladimir A. Davydenko, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Professor, Head of the Research Center, University of Tyumen;; ORCID: 0000-0001-8389-4254


The article draws attention to the complex socio-economic phenomenon of our time, that of youth narcotism. Narcotism is a latent phenomenon characterized by episodic use of drugs by a certain part of the population. The theoretical framework of the article is presented by the theories of deviant behavior and social anomy. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, the 1990-2000s saw a dramatic increase in drug-related crimes which resulted in a growth of drug use, particularly among youth. Currently in Tyumen region, as well throughout the country, one can observe an increase in drug-related crimes. The article presents the results of sociological studies of drug addiction in Tyumen region carried out within the period of the 2010-2013s. A quarter of the respondents admitted to having faced with the problem of drug abuse. Young people appear well informed on various aspects of narcotism. The set of core values of the current generation allows us to see what appeals to them more than the observance of the established norms of society.


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