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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 ...

Finland: Drug Treatment at the Margins
Finland: Drug treatment at the margins
AarneKinnunen
JuhaniLehto

It is difficult to distinguish any particular system of drug treatment in Finland. There are at least three main reasons why Finland may differ from most other Western European countries with regard to drug treatment. First, the country is considered to have less drug use and fewer problems with drugs than most Western countries. The use of heroin, which is the main drug of concern in many other countries, has been particularly uncommon. Second, in drug policy, drug use has been regarded as a problem of either juvenile delinquency, in the early 1970s, or professional crime, in the 1990s. Mostly, the public has not distinguished between drug use and drug dependence, or between “soft” ...

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