The sociology of drug abuse and addiction ranges among many different topics, including drug policy, drug treatment, the labeling of drug abuse and addiction, subcultures of drug use, theories of drug abuse, and trends in drug use. A sociological perspective of drug abuse and addiction emphasizes social and cultural processes around drugs. That is, how and what is labeled drug abuse and addiction is about much more than just the physiological or psychological properties of drugs or individuals. What is labeled a “drug,” “abuse,” or ...

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