With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Drug Policy

Drug Policy

Drug policy
Alison RitterCaitlin HughesPhillip Hull


Illicit drug policy is at a time of flux. The last few years have seen the first legally regulated cannabis markets in the United States (Pardo, 2014; Room, 2014). There has been an increasing concern about the rise of new synthetic drugs – commonly referred to as new psychoactive substances (NPS) – drugs that mimic the effects and/or chemical structure of illicit psychoactive drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy (Griffiths et al., 2013). There is concern that new technologies (such as the internet) are profoundly changing drug markets and the ways in which drugs are purchased and consumed (Barratt and Lenton, 2013). Misuse of legal drugs, especially pharmaceutical opioids, is a rising issue (Executive Office of the President ...

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