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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 Consumption and Drug Treatment in a Drug-Producing Country: Colombia between Myth and Reality—A View from the inside
Drug consumption and drug treatment in a drug-producing country: Colombia between myth and reality—A view from the inside

Colombia has acquired notoriety in relation to the international trade in cocaine. In the past 15 years, most newspaper, magazine, or journal headlines with the word “Colombia” refer to narco-trafficking, narco-traffickers, money laundering, or methods of producing cocaine. Colombia is seen as a corrupt narco-democracy, and Colombia, in turn, labels the United States as an eager consumer of drugs, the demand for which is at the root of the problem. This stereotype of Colombia overlooks completely the existence of “homemade,” domestic drug problems. They have consequently been widely ignored and ...

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