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Paraphernalia, Drug

  • By: Michael Montagne
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Tools and implements used to cultivate, prepare, and administer drugs are called drug paraphernalia. These objects are considered part of the ritual of drug use, and in contemporary society, they are associated primarily with illicit drug use. Laws and regulations have been designed to prevent or control sale and possession of drug paraphernalia often dissociated from the presence of actual drug use. Paraphernalia also have been identified as possible methods for reducing the harms from drug use. The continual concern is whether or not drug paraphernalia encourages or supports the use of illicit drugs.

The term paraphernalia is not precise, typically referring to personal belongings or equipment used in a specific task or activity. In drug use, paraphernalia usually refers to those tools and objects directly ...

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