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Drug Policy and the Public Good

ISBN-10: 0199557128
ISBN-13: 9780199557127
Edition: 2010
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Description: Drug Policy and the Public Good is a collaborative effort by an international group of addiction scientists to improve the linkages between addiction science and drug policy. It presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form,  More...

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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Drug Policy and the Public Good is a collaborative effort by an international group of addiction scientists to improve the linkages between addiction science and drug policy. It presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form, the accumulated scientific knowledge on drug use research that has a direct relevance to the development of drug policy on local, national, and international levels. It provides an objective analytical basis on which to build relevant policies globally and informs policy-makers who have direct responsibility for public health and social welfare. By locating drug policy primarily within the realm of public health, this book draws attention to the growing tendency for governments, both national and local, to consider illegal psychoactive substances as a major determinant of ill health, and to organize societal responses accordingly. The scope of the book is comprehensive and international. The authors describe the conceptual basis for a rational drug policy and present new epidemiological data on the global dimensions of drug misuse. The core of the book is a critical review of the cumulative scientific evidence in five general areas of drug policy: primary prevention programs in schools and other settings; supply reduction programs, including drug interdiction; legal enforcement; treatment interventions and harm reduction approaches, and control of the legal market through prescription drug regimes. The final chapters discuss the current state of drug policy in different parts of the world, and describe the need for a new approach to drug policy that is evidence-based, realistic, and coordinated.

Terms and phrases printed in bold are defined in the glossary at the end of the book
Contributors
Introduction
Framing the issues
Matters of substance
Drug epidemiology and drug markets
The international dimensions of drug use
Harms associated with illicit drug use
Illegal markets: the economics of drug distribution and social harm
The legal market: prescription and diversion of psychopharmaceuticals
The evidence base for drug policy: research on strategies and interventions
Strategies and interventions to reduce drug use and related harm: section overview
Preventing illicit drug use by young people
Health and social services for drug users
Supply control
Criminalization and decriminalization of drug use or possession
Prescription regimes and other measures to control misuse of psychopharmaceuticals
Drug policy and system issues at the national and international levels
Drug policy and control at the international level
The variety of national drug policies
Health and social services for drug users: systems issues
Synthesis and conclusions
Summary and conclusions
Appendix
References
Glossary
Index

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