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Drogenkonsum, Drogenprobleme und Drogenpolitik in Europa : Geschichte und aktuelle Entwicklungen im internationalen Vergleich

Developments of drug use, drug problems and drug policy in Europe: introductions and overview
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Duprez, Dominique; Groenemeyer, Axel

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Abstract 'The developments of drug use patterns, drug problems and drug policy are only loosely coupled in the history of this social problem, they don't follow the same logic and are influenced by different conditions. The contributions of this issue are illustrating this assumption in a comparative perspective of the developments in European countries from the beginning of modern drug problems in 19th century. One basic question concerns the logics of different forms of constructing the drug problem and its related form of intervention and control. The dominant form of construction still are drugs as crime and the control by criminal law, which for long time has been paralleled by the construction of drugs as illness or addiction favouring intervention by psychiatric or medical treatment. Since the 1980th a new construction of drug problems gained political and practical relevance with the development of harm reduction policies. Each of these three forms of interventions follows its own logic and underlies different condition in producing policy results, which are illustrated by the case studies from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal.' (author's abstract)
Keywords historical development; illness; Federal Republic of Germany; Belgium; offense; France; drug use; Europe; drug policy; international comparison; Italy; psychiatry; Netherlands; Portugal; survival strategy
Classification Health Policy; Social Problems
Method empirical; historical
Document language German
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 5-36
Journal Soziale Probleme, 20 (2009) 1/2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications