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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 ...

Comment on Part 1: Thunder and Silence in Drug Treatment: Four Nations in Moral Concert
Comment on part 1: Thunder and silence in drug treatment: Four nations in moral concert
Judith C.Barker

This collection of papers on drug treatment approaches in Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States is remarkable for the clarity with which it both reveals and conceals common cultural and societal values that underpin their approach to drug treatment. These nations are in concert. Revealed in these chapters is a vigilance and loud furor over drugs and drug-related activities that are deemed illicit. So-called hard drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, are the major focus of government policy and treatment regimens, but soft drugs, such as marijuana, come under intense scrutiny as well. The ...

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