Reflections on the Concept of Coherency for a Policy on Psychoactive Substances and Beyond:

ISBN-10: 9287173451
ISBN-13: 9789287173454
Edition: 2012
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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Renouf Pub Co Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 142
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

How are the problems associated with different psychoactive substances, illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco described? How is the nature of the "problem" shaped by research evidence, media coverage, cultural mores and social, economic and political considerations? To what extent does policy reflect a consistent approach to different psychoactive substances? What objectives do policies on drugs, alcohol and tobacco pursue? Do the structures in place support the co-ordination and/or integration of these policies? The issue of psychoactive substance policies (and beyond) is currently at the forefront of policy making in a number of countries, including those participating in this study, together with the issue of how such a policy may be implemented in a coherent manner. Continuing the work carried out in two previous publications, From a policy on illegal drugs to a policy on psychoactive substances (2008) and Towards an integrated policy on psychoactive substances: a theoretical and empirical analysis (2010), this work attempts to put into perspective the salient points of what may be termed a coherent policy on psychoactive substances and beyond. It proposes six indicators, around which the concept of coherency is articulated: conceptualisation, policy context, legislative and regulatory framework, strategic framework, responses/interventions, and structures and resources. The results of this study may be a surprise to some in the field, and tie in with broader efforts by the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in the sphere of policy coherence for development. The Council of Europe has 47 member states, covering virtually the entire continent of Europe. It seeks to develop common democratic and legal principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. Ever since it was founded in 1949, in the aftermath of the Second World War, the Council of Europe has symbolised reconciliation. Book jacket.

The Pompidou Group
Policy coherence framework: context, systems, measurement: Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Malta
Policy coherence: notes towards a concept: Evidence Generation and Knowledge Brokering Unit, Health Research Board, Dublin
Austria: Integration and coherence of policies for alcohol, illicit drugs and tobacco in Austria: the past 100 years: European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna
Belgium: The long road to an integral and integrated policy in Belgium: Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy, Ghent University
Ireland: Coherency of Irish policies on illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco: Evidence Generation and Knowledge Brokering Unit, Health Research Board, Dublin
Israel: The evolution of an integrated and coherent policy on drugs: and alcohol in Israel: Israel Anti-Drug Authority, Jerusalem
The Netherlands: Some contextual aspects of Dutch policy on psychoactive substances: Addiction Research Institute, Rotterdam
Norway: Coherence of Norwegian policy for alcohol, narcotic drugs and tobacco: Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services, Oslo Astrid Skretting Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, Oslo
Portugal: A Portuguese insight into coherent policy: Instituto da Droga e da Toxicodepend�ncia, Lisbon
Switzerland: From policies on alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs to a Swiss addiction policy: Federal Office of Public Health (FOPHJ, Bern Markus Spinatsch Consultant, Public Policies and Administration, Bent
Summary and conclusion: Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Malta
Appendix: Pompidou Group publications from the Council of Europe

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