Drug-control policies: a question of balance

Martin Plant, Roy Robertson, Moira Plant and Patrick Miller

in Drug Nation

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Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199544790
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754609 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Drug-control policies: a question of balance

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There are many different views on the best way to reduce drug-related problems. Drugs are controversial. Opinions on the best way to deal with them cover the entire spectrum from legalization to tight controls backed up by severe penalties. In fact most of the ‘official’ and public debate about drug policy reflects the view that drugs are intrinsically ‘bad’ and should somehow be controlled. The authors of this book do not wish to embrace any particular approach to drug control. They do not believe that any single known approach is a magic solution, offering a panacea to something as complex and multi-faceted as drug use and its associated adverse effects. Even so, it is hoped that this chapter will provide an insight into some of the debates and arguments that relate to the nature and status of drug use and the options that are available with which to respond to it. It might also be possible to envisage ways of mitigating the damaging consequences outlined in the previous chapter without having to embark on a political crusade or to turn around the juggernaut of international condemnation of drug use and drug users.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Pharmacology ; Addiction Medicine

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