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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 ...

The Spread of AIDS and Drug Treatment in Spain
The spread of AIDS and drug treatment in Spain
Juan-Luis RecioAdrados

After the death of Franco in 1975, Spain began to experience a pattern of illicit drug use similar to that already under way in other Western European countries. Earlier, the use of drugs and alcohol had become associated among some college students with an antiauthoritarian and antigovernment attitude. By the early 1980s, with the transition to a democratic system, and partly as a result of international tourism, the use of illicit drugs, especially heroin, had expanded. Trafficking in cannabis, heroin, and cocaine had also increased.

By the mid-1980s, with unemployment at 25% of the workforce and a long list of political and economic scandals contributing to a pervasive ...

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