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Reduction of Drug-Related Harm

NCJ Number
138254
Editor(s)
P A O'Hare, R Newcombe, A Matthews, E C Buning, E Drucker
Date Published
1992
Length
232 pages
Annotation
The international contributors to this book take a new approach to drug use, arguing that abstinence is not a realistic solution and that policymakers should instead strive to reduce the harm associated with the use of illicit drugs.
Abstract
The authors believe that the existing methods of treatment and control have been inadequate in improving drug-related problems. The papers contained here cover a wide range of drugs and of social and individual problems; the spread of HIV infection is considered in some detail. Various chapters describe current theories and practices that have helped to minimize the harmful effects of drugs, national and city-level strategies toward drug problems, and drug policies of international agencies and organizations including police, doctors, community groups, and local authorities. 15 tables and 4 figures