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Drug Policy and the Public Good$
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Thomas Babor, Jonathan Caulkins, Benedikt Fischer, David Foxcroft, Keith Humphreys, María Elena Medina-Mora, Isidore Obot, Jürgen Rehm, Peter Reuter, Robin Room, Ingeborg Rossow, and John Strang

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198818014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198818014.001.0001

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Framing the issues

Framing the issues

(p.3) Chapter 1 Framing the issues
Drug Policy and the Public Good

Thomas F. Babor

Jonathan Caulkins

Benedikt Fischer

David Foxcroft

Keith Humphreys

María Elena Medina-Mora

Isidore Obot

Jürgen Rehm

Peter Reuter

Robin Room

Ingeborg Rossow

John Strang

Oxford University Press

The use of psychoactive substances is commonplace in many parts of the world, despite the efforts of policymakers, government officials, public health advocates, and concerned citizens to prevent, eliminate, or control it. If previous experience can serve as a guide, in the future many countries will face periodic drug-use epidemics, followed by aggressive policy responses to suppress them. Continued endemic drug use generates a patchwork of policy responses that never quite keep up with the problem. The scientific evidence on the impact of policy constitutes the core interest of this book and consists of three broad approaches: programmes to prevent drug use, treatment and harm-minimization services that help heavy drug users change their behaviour, and supply control programmes to restrict access to illicit substances. This book suggests that public health concepts provide an important vehicle to coordinate supply control and demand reduction.

Keywords:   psychoactive substances, terminology, drug policy, illicit drugs, drug-related violence, scientific evidence, public good

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