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Controversies in Drugs Policy and Practice - Neil P. McKeganey

Controversies in Drugs Policy and Practice

Paperback Published: 9th December 2010
ISBN: 9780230235953
Number Of Pages: 199

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The rapid deepening of the global drug problem has spurred increasingly heated debate over the best solutions. For example, should drug use be an issue for healthcare services or a matter of criminal justice? Is universal abstinence both unrealistic and undesirable? Does drug legalization offer a viable answer?

This book provides a lively and thought-provoking account of some of the most pressing issues for policy makers and practitioners in the debate about drugs. Designed as a platform for further discussion, it presents the full spectrum of perspectives on chronic and contemporary challenges to drug policy and explores the reality for drug users, dealers, suppliers and producers.

Drawing on an international evidence base, the author considers:
? Drug enforcement measures: do they work and are they always ethical?
? Addiction treatment: its purpose, cost and limitations;
? Drug research: the strength of its impact on policy and practice;
? Possible solutions: from classic criminalization to radical harm reduction.

Both engaging and timely, Controversies in Drugs Policy and Practice is an essential read for all social science students taking modules related to drug use, addiction and treatment. It also makes illuminating reading for academics and practitioners working within the field.

'It isn't often that one reads a book that one would have loved to have the ability, experience, knowledge, analytic ability, and, one has to say, 'bravery' to write. Without doubt, it is the best book on drug policy that I have ever read.' -Professor Jason Ditton, Scottish Centre for Criminology, UK '...an excellent book...' - Peter Hitchens, DailyMail.co.uk '...includes harrowing testimony from children growing up in families where drug abuse was prevalent...' - The Times 'McKeganey's book, Controversies in Drug Policy and Practice, is exactly that- controversial, but at the same integral to any reasoned debate about drugs and prohibition.' - Tammy Ayres, University of Leicester

Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. xii
The Rapidly Changing World of Illegal Drugsp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Illegal Drugs: A Global Businessp. 2
Tackling Drug Productionp. 3
The Rapidly Changing World of Illegal Drugsp. 4
The Normalization of Illegal Drug Use and the Growth of the Legal Highsp. 8
A Drug Tipping Point?p. 10
Conclusionsp. 14
What's Wrong With Harm Reduction?p. 16
Introductionp. 16
The History of Harm Reduction: From Public Health to Drug Law Reformp. 17
The Effectiveness of Harm Reduction Interventionsp. 29
Are Harm Reduction Interventions Able to Reduce Overall Levels of Harm?p. 38
The Harm Reduction Paradoxp. 42
Conclusionp. 44
Drug Treatment: So What's All the Fuss About?p. 46
Introductionp. 46
The Role of the Media and the Loss of Confidence in Drugs Treatmentp. 47
The Role of Research in Reassessing the Goals of Treatmentp. 49
The Contribution of the Think Tanksp. 50
The Political Sea Change in Drug Abuse Treatmentp. 54
Drug Abuse Treatment Services and Drug User Abstinence: A Goal too Far or an Achievable Aspiration?p. 55
So What's Wrong With Drug Abuse Treatment?p. 61
Conclusion: A Drug Treatment Revolutionp. 68
A Radical Alternativep. 71
Drug Enforcement: A World of Myth and Realityp. 74
Introductionp. 74
The Mystery of Drug Arrest and Drug Seizure Statisticsp. 76
Drugs Seizurep. 76
Explaining the Modesty in Drugs Seizuresp. 79
The Penalties for Drug Supplyp. 80
How Illegal is Drug Possession?p. 81
The Impact of Drugs on Prisonsp. 82
Stopping Drugs from Entering Prisonsp. 84
Surveillance - Where Are the Limits?p. 89
Conclusionsp. 90
Cannabis and the Classification Mystery (or How to Make a Hash of the World's Favourite Illegal Drug)p. 92
Introductionp. 92
The Cannabis Classification Mysteryp. 94
The Classification of Individual Drugsp. 96
What Do We Know about the Harms of Cannabis?p. 100
Politicians and their Expertsp. 104
A Radical Suggestion: Do Away with Drug Classificationp. 106
Conclusionsp. 107
Meeting the Needs of the Children of Drug Addicted Parentsp. 109
Introductionp. 109
The Scale of the Problemp. 112
The Impact of Parental Drug Use: The Voices of Young People and Drug-Using Parentsp. 113
The Impact of Parental Drug Use on Children: The Results from Quantitative Researchp. 118
How Effective are Services at Repairing the Damage to Children from Parental Drug Dependence?p. 122
The Response of Servicesp. 126
A Radical Alternative for Meeting the Needs of Children in Drug-Dependent Familiesp. 127
The Problem of Scalep. 129
Conclusionp. 130
Drug Legalization: Solution or Social Problem?p. 132
Introductionp. 132
The Arguments For Legalizationp. 133
Heroin Prescribingp. 139
The International Dimensionp. 141
Do Drug Policies Make a Difference to Drug Consumption?p. 144
Conclusionsp. 162
The Politics of Drugs Research: A Journey into the Coldp. 147
Introductionp. 147
Methadone - the Quick Road to Controversyp. 149
What Do Drug Users Want from Treatment: Abstinence or Harm Reduction?p. 150
Called to Accountp. 152
Forecasting the UK Drug Problemp. 155
An Unwelcome Voicep. 158
But Does Any of this Matter?p. 158
Are You In the Tent or Outside of the Tent?p. 160
Conclusionsp. 162
Conclusion: So What's Morality Got to Do with It?p. 164
Introductionp. 164
Bibliographyp. 170
Author Indexp. 189
Subject Indexp. 192
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ISBN: 9780230235953
ISBN-10: 0230235956
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 199
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1