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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 ...

Drug Users as Scapegoats in Hungary?
Drug users as scapegoats in Hungary?

In 1985, at the 13th Congress of the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party, the existence of a drug problem in Hungary was acknowledged officially for the first time. Previously, little was known or acknowledged about drug consumption. A few professional publications on the topic had appeared at the beginning of the 1970s, but it was not until the 1980s that a significant change in the official perception of the problem began to appear. It was marked by a short-lived attempt to establish a hospital drug treatment program and an extensive drug prevention publicity campaign on both radio and television that portrayed the seriousness of the problem and made drug consumption the main focus of attention. ...

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