Ákos Erdős– Kristóf Kovács

Attitudes of law enforcement students regarding drug addicts

Attitudes of law enforcement students regarding drug addicts


It has been known for a long time that usual and long-time lasting consumption of certain medicament ingredients (e.g. barbiturates, benzodiazepines, phenothiazines, opioids) can develop serious dependence. In fact, the use of soporifics and sedatives and certain painkillers are in their mode of action like psychoactive materials, i.e. drugs and their consumption are a form of drug use. Of course, this form of substance use can be medically justified, but it can also be abusive and compulsive. However, this type of drug use is essentially legal. It is also known that attitudes to drug users are quite negative all around the world. So, the question arises: how do prospective law enforcement professionals think about this legal form of drug use? The purpose of the present study was to investigate the prospective law enforcement professionals’ attitudes to medication abuse and dependence. The questionnaire on attitudes was distributed among law enforcement students (n=579) at the National University of Public Service. Sixty-seven students returned the questionnaire, giving an overall response rate of 11.5%. The survey results show that the attitude of law enforcement students to medication abuse and dependence is generally not too negative. Students can accept addiction as a mental health problem. Even though a significant number of students (39%) regard medication abusers and addicts as criminals.


drug addiction, attitude, law enforcement, law enforcement students