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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 ...

Integrating Care, Cure, and Control: The Drug Treatment System in the Netherlands
Integrating care, cure, and control: The drug treatment System in the Netherlands
Jack T. M.Derks
Marten J.Hoekstra
Charles D.Kaplan
The Sociopolitical Structure of Health Care and Drug-Related Trends

Unlike most countries in their approach to drug control, the Netherlands has chosen the course of experimentation rather than prohibition (Kaplan, 1984). Medical (including social-psychiatric or public health) experiments have become an integral part of the country's response to drug problems. Many visitors to Amsterdam are intrigued at being able to walk into so-called coffee shops and buy cannabis. They often see this as free distribution of cannabis and do not recognize it as a grand social and public health experiment to test the strategy of “separation of markets” for ...

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