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The first volume to provide access to information on drug treatment systems from a wide cross-section of 20 countries, Drug Treatment Systems in an International Perspective examines the ways in which other counties from around the world have chosen to cope with the spread of illicit drugs. Now health planners and administrators, treatment professionals, researchers, and students can place the development of their own treatment systems in a wider context and can examine the extent to which that development shares common structural features with those of other countries and cultures. Following a comparative discussion of the various countries, the volume addresses four key issues: gender specific treatment, the politics of financing and evaluation, the private sector and state control, and exporting drug treatment ideologies. It ...
Chapter 23: Legal Changes, Political Pressure, and Drug Treatment in Italy: From a Hard-Line Approach to Decriminalization
Legal Changes, Political Pressure, and Drug Treatment in Italy: From a Hard-Line Approach to Decriminalization
Italy's position on the international drug scene is notable in two respects: its very firm approach to tackling the drug problem and, more particularly, drug trafficking; and its tolerance of addiction per se. This tolerance led to Italy being the first country to officially decriminalize the holding of drugs for personal use. Italy also sought alternative approaches in drug policy in other respects, such as treatment of addicts (e.g., developing an extensive network of therapeutic centers for their care and resocialization).
Punishment and Treatment in Early Italian Drug Legislation—The Alcohol Connection
The delayed onset of the spread ...