Drug Policy and the Public Good

Paperback | January 10, 2010

byThomas F. Babor, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Griffith Edwards

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Drug use represents a significant burden to public health through disease, disability and social problems, and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in how to develop evidence-based drug policy. It is therefore crucial to strengthen the links between addiction science and drugpolicy.Drug Policy and the Public Good is collaboratively written by an international group of career scientists to provide an analytical basis on which to build relevant global drug policies, and to inform policy makers who have direct responsibility for public health and social welfare. Drug Policy and the Public Good presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form, the accumulated scientific knowledge on illicit drugs that has direct relevance to the development of drug policy on local, national, and international levels. The authors describe the conceptualbasis 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; supplyreduction approaches, including drug interdiction and legal enforcement; treatment interventions and harm reduction approaches; criminal sanctions and decriminalization; and control of the legal market through prescription drug regimes. The final chapters discuss the current state of drug policy indifferent parts of the world, and describe the need for a new approach to drug policy that is evidence-based, realistic, and co-ordinated. 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 inschools and other settings; supply reduction approaches, including drug interdiction and legal enforcement; treatment interventions and harm reduction approaches; criminal sanctions and decriminalization; and control of the legal market through prescription drug regimes. The final chapters discussthe 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 co-ordinated. By locating drug policy primarily within the realm of public health, this book draws attention to the growing tendency of governments, both national and local, to consider illegal psychoactive substances as a major determinant of ill health, and to organize societal responses accordingly. It willappeal to those involved in both addiction science and drug policy, as well as those in the wider fields of public health, health policy, epidemiology, primary prevention, and treatment services. A companion volume published by Oxford University Press, Alcohol: no ordinary commodity - research and public policy, is also available.

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Drug use represents a significant burden to public health through disease, disability and social problems, and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in how to develop evidence-based drug policy. It is therefore crucial to strengthen the links between addiction science and drugpolicy.Drug Policy and the Public Good is colla...

Thomas Babor is a Professor and Chairman in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He holds the University's Physicians Health Service endowed chair in Public Health and Community Medicine. Dr. Babor received his doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Ar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:January 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part 1 - Introduction1. Framing the issues2. Matters of substancePart 2 - Drug epidemiology and drug markets3. The international dimensions of drug use4. Harms associated with illicit drug use5. Illegal markets: the economics of drug distribution and social harm6. The legal market: prescription and diversion of psychopharmaceuticalsPart 3 - The Evidence base for drug policy: research on strategies and interventions7. Strategies and interventions to reduce drug use and related harm: section overview8. Preventing illicit drug use by young people9. Health and social services for drug users10. Supply control11. Criminalization and decriminalization of drug use or possession12. Prescription regimes and other measures to control misuse of psychopharmaceuticalsPart 4 - The policy arena13. Drug Policy and Control at the International Level14. The Variety of National Drug Policies15. Health and social services for drug users: systems issuesPart 5 - Synthesis and conclusions16. Summary and conclusionsAppendix A