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Palgrave Macmillan

Controversies in Drugs Policy and Practice

ISBN 9780230235946
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The rapid deepening of the global drug problem has spurred increasingly heated debate over the best solutions. For example, should drug use be an issue for healthcare services or a matter of criminal justice? Is universal abstinence both unrealistic and undesirable? Does drug legalization offer a viable answer?

This book provides a lively and thought-provoking account of some of the most pressing issues for policy makers and practitioners in the debate about drugs. Designed as a platform for further discussion, it presents the full spectrum of perspectives on chronic and contemporary challenges to drug policy and explores the reality for drug users, dealers, suppliers and producers.

Drawing on an international evidence base, the author considers:
■ Drug enforcement measures: do they work and are they always ethical?
■ Addiction treatment: its purpose, cost and limitations;
■ Drug research: the strength of its impact on policy and practice;
■ Possible solutions: from classic criminalization to radical harm reduction.

Both engaging and timely, Controversies in Drugs Policy and Practice is an essential read for all social science students taking modules related to drug use, addiction and treatment. It also makes illuminating reading for academics and practitioners working within the field.

NEIL MCKEGANEY Professor of Drug Misuse Research at the Centre for Drug Misuse Research, University of Glasgow, UK, which he set up 1994. It is now one of the leading UK research centres focussed on illegal drugs. He has written widely on this subjects encompassing both academic and practitioner audiences. Neil has acted in an advisory role for a number of government departments and international organisations, including the World Health Organization, the UK Home Office, the US Department of Justice the Scottish Executive.

The Rapidly Changing World of Illegal Drugs
What's Wrong with Harm Reduction? 
Drug Treatment: So What's All the Fuss About?
Drug Enforcement: A World of Myth and Reality
Cannabis and the Classification Mystery
Meeting the Needs of the Children of Drug Addicted Parents
Drug Legalization: Solution or Social Problem?
The Politics of Drugs Research: A Journey into the Cold
Conclusion: So What's Morality Got to Do With It?


'It isn't often that one reads a book that one would have loved to have the ability, experience, knowledge, analytic ability, and, one has to say, 'bravery' to write. Without doubt, it is the best book on drug policy that I have ever read.' -Professor Jason Ditton, Scottish Centre for Criminology, UK
'...an excellent book...' - Peter Hitchens, DailyMail.co.uk
'...includes harrowing testimony from children growing up in families where drug abuse was prevalent...' - The Times
'McKeganey's book, Controversies in Drug Policy and Practice, is exactly that- controversial, but at the same integral to any reasoned debate about drugs and prohibition.' - Tammy Ayres, University of Leicester
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