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Henry H. Brownstein

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 34: The Decriminalization of Drugs

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The Decriminalization of Drugs
The decriminalization of drugs
Henry H. Brownstein

The use and sharing of the substances we collectively call drugs has been, and always will be, a part of our experience as human beings. Throughout history, through trial and error, and more recently, through scientific study, humans have discovered some substances that are harmful to themselves or to their relations with others and other substances that contribute in a positive way to their personal or social health and wellbeing. Naturally then at times, some people under some circumstances have gotten themselves into trouble with drugs or have caused trouble for others by their involvement with drugs, and at other times, some people under other circumstances have benefited from their involvement with drugs. Either way, ...

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