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.

The Decriminalization of Drugs

The Decriminalization of Drugs

The decriminalization of drugs
Henry H. Brownstein

The use and sharing of the substances we collectively call drugs has been, and always will be, a part of our experience as human beings. Throughout history, through trial and error, and more recently, through scientific study, humans have discovered some substances that are harmful to themselves or to their relations with others and other substances that contribute in a positive way to their personal or social health and wellbeing. Naturally then at times, some people under some circumstances have gotten themselves into trouble with drugs or have caused trouble for others by their involvement with drugs, and at other times, some people under other circumstances have benefited from their involvement with drugs. Either way, ...

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