Drug Policy and the Public Good

Drug Policy and the Public Good

by Thomas F. Babor, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Griffith Edwards, Benedikt Fischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199557128

ISBN-13: 9780199557127

Pub. Date: 02/22/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Drug use represents a significant burden to public health through disease, disability and social problems, and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in how to develop evidence-based drug policy. It is therefore crucial to strengthen the links between addiction science and drug policy. Drug Policy and the Public Good is collaboratively written by an

Overview

Drug use represents a significant burden to public health through disease, disability and social problems, and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in how to develop evidence-based drug policy. It is therefore crucial to strengthen the links between addiction science and drug policy. Drug Policy and the Public Good is collaboratively written by an international group of career scientists to provide an analytical basis on which to build relevant global drug policies, and to inform policy makers who have direct responsibility for public health and social welfare.

Drug Policy and the Public Good presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form, the accumulated scientific knowledge on illicit drugs that has direct relevance to the development of drug policy on local, national, and international levels. The authors describe the conceptual basis for a rational drug policy and present new epidemiological data on the global dimensions of drug misuse. The core of the book is a critical review of the cumulative scientific evidence in five general areas of drug policy: primary prevention programs in schools and other settings; supply reduction approaches, including drug interdiction and legal enforcement; treatment interventions and harm reduction approaches; criminal sanctions and decriminalization; and control of the legal market through prescription drug regimes. The final chapters discuss the current state of drug policy in different parts of the in different parts of the world, and describe the need for a new approach to drug policy that is evidence-based, realistic, and co-ordinated.

The authors describe the conceptual basis for a rational drug policy and present new epidemiological data on the global dimensions of drug misuse. The core of the book is a critical review of the cumulative scientific evidence in five general areas of drug policy: primary prevention programs in schools and other settings; supply reduction approaches, including drug interdiction and legal enforcement; treatment interventions and harm reduction approaches; criminal sanctions and decriminalization; and control of the legal market through prescription drug regimes. The final chapters discuss the current state of drug policy in different parts of the world, and describe the need for a new approach to drug policy that is evidence-based, realistic, and co-ordinated.

By locating drug policy primarily within the realm of public health, this book draws attention to the growing tendency of governments, both national and local, to consider illegal psychoactive substances as a major determinant of ill health, and to organize societal responses accordingly. It will appeal to those involved in both addiction science and drug policy, as well as those in the wider fields of public health, health policy, epidemiology, primary prevention, and treatment services.

A companion volume published by Oxford University Press, Alcohol: no ordinary commodity - research and public policy, is also available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199557127
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/22/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Terms and phrases printed in bold are defined in the glossary at the end of the book

Contributors xi

Section I Introduction

1 Framing the issues 3

2 Matters of substance 13

Section II Drug epidemiology and drug markets

3 The international dimensions of drug use 27

4 Harms associated with illicit drug use 47

5 Illegal markets: the economics of drug distribution and social harm 63

6 The legal market: prescription and diversion of psychopharmaceuticals 81

Section III The evidence base for drug policy: research on strategies and interventions

7 Strategies and interventions to reduce drug use and related harm: section overview 97

8 Preventing illicit drug use by young people 105

9 Health and social services for drug users 123

10 Supply control 139

11 Criminalization and decriminalization of drug use or possession 163

12 Prescription regimes and other measures to control misuse of psychopharmaceuticals 179

Section IV Drug policy and system issues at the national and international levels

13 Drug policy and control at the international level 203

14 The variety of national drug policies 221

15 Health and social services for drug users: systems issues 235

Section V Synthesis and conclusions

16 Summary and conclusions 251

Appendix 261

References 271

Glossary 325

Index 331

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