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.
Chapter 31: Drugs in sport
Performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) are any substance considered by the World Anti-Doping Agency to unfairly enhance sporting performance. Concerns over the use of PEDs in the sporting arena tend to focus publically on two main issues: concerns over cheating and gaining an unfair advantage, and concerns to protect the health of the sports participant. However a broader, social analysis of concerns over the use of drugs in sport suggests that such issues are better understood as part and parcel of those concerns about drugs in the non-sporting world and the sporting world should in part be read off as ‘mirroring’ how the drug problem has been presented there. Further analysis also indicates that much that is assumed about controls over PEDs ...