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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 ...

Comment on Part 7: From the Opium Wars to Strict Drug Policies in East Asia
Comment on part 7: From the opium wars to strict drug policies in East Asia
Michael S.Vaughn

Both China and Japan learned indelible lessons from the 19th-century Opium Wars, structuring strict enforcement-oriented drug control policies and blaming external forces for modern drug problems. In China, for example, Wang, Bèroud, Cheng, and Chen argue in “Drug Treatment and Public Security in the People's Republic of China” that economic liberalization and global trade increased drug problems in urban, coastal, and border areas. Likewise, Konuma, Shimizu, and Koyanagi contend in “Societal Control and the Model of Legal Drug Treatment: A Japanese Success Story?” that a recent increase in cannabis arrests in Japan are attributable to ...

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