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Richard Hammersley, Phil Dalgarno

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24 Oct 2012
Dunedin Academic Press
111 pages - 216 x 138 x 9mm
Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care
Depicting Scottish drugs policy and practice over a thirty year period to 2011 the authors use Scotland as a case study of how modern drugs policy evolved in a small country with liberal traditions and the highest rates of substance use problems in Europe. Building on the authors' knowledge and experience of Scottish policy and practice, and existing documentation about Scottish policy, the study also draws on interviews with some key stakeholders who have worked to shape modern Scottish policies and practices. Scottish drugs policy makes a particularly interesting case study because Scotland is small enough, with fewer than six million people, to be comprehended in its full complexity. Scottish policy can been seen either as a failure, since illicit drugs have spread everywhere in Scotland despite the country's lack of natural illicit drug resources, or as a success, as anti-drug policies have become relatively humane and are oriented towards helping people with substance use problems, rather than merely trying to eradicate drug use. The book will be of interest to those working against drugs in Scotland and of wider interest to those involved in formulating or assessing drugs policies elsewhere.
Series Editors' Introduction; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction 1. The Invisible Junkie: Constructing the Modern Drugs Problem; 2. They're Dying Like Flies: The Rise of Concern for Problem Drug Users; 3. The Road to Recovery: Integrating Drug Problems in Scottish Life; 4. If Not Repression, Then What?; 5. Developing a Rational Response to Drugs; References; Index.
Richard Hammersley has a Chair in the Department of Psychology, University of Hull. Phil Dalgarno is a lecturer in Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University.

'One of my postgraduate students, who has substantial experience in addiction services, described this book as a ‘‘breath of fresh air.’’ She was right.
The book is written in a succinct and engaging style, providing a critical introduction to key themes, and should be read by interested individuals, including those employed in the media. It should be of interest to students of social and health sciences, including academics who need to update or incorporate drug issues into programme design and teaching.
The editors of this series suggest that drug use is a classic issue on which many pontificate, in the absence of knowledge and understanding. This book provides a contemporary and thought provoking solution to that problem. I recommend it.' Journal of Social Work

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