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.

Drug Markets: Difference and Diversity

Drug Markets: Difference and diversity

In relation to illicit drugs the drug market is a commonly used term that is often imprecisely used. It can be used interchangeably to mean the global market in drug production, trafficking and sales that operates internationally, across any onecontinent or nation or indeed in any one city or other smaller geographical location. It can also refer to the market in particular substances and/or groups of individuals. This section will focus on the drug market as it is typified within developed western nations particularly those across Europe and North America.


Popular media imagery of the drug market in Western societies tends to suggest something that is fairly straightforward to understand, has just a few basic characteristics ...

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