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.

Prevention: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary

Prevention: Primary, secondary and tertiary

Primary/secondary/tertiary prevention refers to a broad range of interventions that aim to prevent people from starting to use drugs, encourages drug users to stop, or aims to reduce harm once drug use has started.

Primary drug prevention aims to discourage people, particularly children and young adults, from starting to use drugs. Secondary drug prevention chiefly aims to encourage those already using drugs to stop, to reduce their use, or to use more safely (see also 26 harm reduction). Tertiary drug prevention involves the treatment of the drug user, usually with the eventual goal of user abstinence, although interventions may also aim to reduce the negative impact of dependent drug use. Prevention differs from drug enforcement activities such ...

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