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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 English Drug Treatment System: Experimentation or Pragmatism?
The english drug treatment system: Experimentation or pragmatism?
SusanneMacGregor
LynneSmith

Treatment works!” was the main conclusion of an independent review carried out by a task force on drug treatment services in England and published in May 1996 (Task Force, 1996). Because of stress on evidence-based medicine in the British National Health Service (NHS), the Task Force commissioned a series of investigations to inform its deliberations. In addition, it received submissions and took evidence from a range of interested parties and made visits to services.

Although the investigations have so far shown little that is new—and the largest of them, the National Treatment Outcomes Research Study (NTORS),1 is still in its early stages—the Task Force was persuaded that treatment works. It limited ...

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