Drugs: Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care

Richard Hammersley, Phil Dalgarno

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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. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherDunedin Academic Press
Number of pages112
ISBN (Print)9781906716110
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • drug policy
  • health and social care


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