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 Policy and the Public Good is a collaborative effort by an international group of addiction scientists to improve the linkages between addiction science and drug policy. It presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form, the accumulated scientific knowledge on drug use research that has a direct relevance to the development of drug policy

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Drug Policy and the Public Good is a collaborative effort by an international group of addiction scientists to improve the linkages between addiction science and drug policy. It presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form, the accumulated scientific knowledge on drug use research that has a direct relevance to the development of drug policy on local, national, and international levels. It provides an objective analytical basis on which to build relevant policies globally and informs policy-makers who have direct responsibility for public health and social welfare. By locating drug policy primarily within the realm of public health, this book draws attention to the growing tendency for governments, both national and local, to consider illegal psychoactive substances as a major determinant of ill health, and to organize societal responses accordingly. The scope of the book is comprehensive and international. 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 programs, including drug interdiction; legal enforcement; treatment interventions and harm reduction approaches, 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 coordinated.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199557127
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/22/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
752,051
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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