Drug use is a major challenge for public services, healthcare professionals and policy-makers all over the world. This book offers a complete overview of the issues associated with substance misuse from an interdisciplinary perspective. It begins by providing a reference guide to the different psychoactive substances, looking at the biological and psychological impact of their use. Key issues in the effect drugs have on society are then addressed, before outlining methods of recovery and therapy. Chapters include: • Reflective questions to challenge readers’ assumptions • Case studies to help students understand the impact of substances on individuals • Links to further resources to expand readers’ knowledge It will be valuable reading for those studying on degrees in criminology, health, nursing, social work and counselling.

The Relationship between Politics and Scientific Knowledge in formulating Drug Policy

The Relationship between Politics and Scientific Knowledge in formulating Drug Policy
Aaron Pycroft

The sanction and controls related to drug use are enforced through criminal law, civil law and governance. It is important that these should be based upon the best evidence that can be provided to government so as to ensure democratic legitimacy for any legislative response (Stokes et al., 2001). However it is argued by Strang and colleagues (2012) that much of the public debate concerning drug policy is not informed by scientific evidence and is driven by values and political processes. This of course raises an important question about whether ‘scientific’ evidence is value free, or whether ultimately we have to decide ...

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