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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 ...

Building a Drug Treatment System in Postrevolutionary Portugal
Building a drug treatment system in postrevolutionary Portugal
José Manuel Casparde Almeida

The political, economic, social, and cultural changes that Portugal has undergone in the past three decades are reflected in how drug problems have been perceived. For 48 years (1926 to 1974), Portugal was ruled by Salazar, Europe's longest-ruling dictator. He believed that everything that emanated from outside Portugal was harmful. In the 1960s, when new ideas were sweeping other European countries, the Salazar regime attempted to, but could not, prevent the ideas of the “flower power generation” from seeping into Portuguese society. Although drug use did not become common among the general public, certain groups, including high school students, artists, and intellectuals, experimented with cannabis and, occasionally, ...

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