How do we understand drug use? How are drugs related to our social worlds? How should drug use be understood, approached and dealt with? Insightful and illuminating, this book successfully discusses drugs in social contexts. In an elegant manner, the authors bring together their different theoretical and practical backgrounds, offering a comprehensive and interdisciplinary introduction that opens up a wide scientific understanding moving beyond cultural myths and presuppositions. Powerful and engaging, this book discusses main questions within the field of psychoactive drugs research, such as: Why do people take drugs? How do we understand moral panics? What is the relationship between drugs and violence? How do people's social positions influence their individual involvement in drug use? This is an invaluable reference source for students on criminology, sociology and social sciences programmes, as well as students and drug service practitioners in social work, social policy and nursing.

Decriminalisation, Legalisation and Legal Regulation
Decriminalisation, legalisation and legal regulation

Decriminalisation, legalisation and legal regulation are alternative approaches to prohibition as the principal response to drug use.

Drug Policy Reform: The Prohibition Context

Proponents of alternative approaches to drug use typically start from a position of opposition to the current status quo. Despite differences between the ways in which drug use is dealt with country to country, the current international drug control system, with its global conventions, international strategies, national laws and domestic policies is largely ‘strict’ prohibitionist and can be placed at the far end of a continuum of possible responses to drug use. Strict prohibitionists argue for the continued necessity of severe penalties (including imprisonment and capital punishment) on those who consume, possess, supply and ...

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