Drug Policy and the Public Good by Babor, Thomas F.; Caulkins, Jonathan P.; Edwards, Griffith; Fischer, Benedikt; Foxcroft, David R.; Humphreys, Keith; Obot, Isidore S.; Rehm, Jürgen; Reuter, Peter, 9780199557127
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  • ISBN: 9780199557127 | 0199557128
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/22/2010
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Drug Policy and the Public Good is a collaborative effort by an international group of addiction scientists to improve the linkages between addiction science and drug policy. It presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form, the accumulated scientific knowledge on drug use research that has a direct relevance to the development of drug policy on local, national, and international levels. It provides an objective analytical basis on which to build relevant policies globally and informs policy-makers who have direct responsibility for public health and social welfare. By locating drug policy primarily within the realm of public health, this book draws attention to the growing tendency for governments, both national and local, to consider illegal psychoactive substances as a major determinant of ill health, and to organize societal responses accordingly. The scope of the book is comprehensive and international. 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 in schools and other settings; supply reduction programs, including drug interdiction; legal enforcement; treatment interventions and harm reduction approaches, and control of the legal market through prescription drug regimes. The final chapters discuss the 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 coordinated.

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