Drugs: Policy and Politics by Paul Higate, Rhidian Hughes, Rachel Lart

By Paul Higate, Rhidian Hughes, Rachel Lart

Medicines: coverage and Politics is an obtainable advent to the hyperlinks among medicines and social coverage. Assessing present and up to date regulations and political responses, it considers the ways that medications coverage is formulated and carried out within the united kingdom and Europe. The booklet examines the dynamic context of drug coverage via discussions of broader coverage fields similar to well-being and the legal justice procedure. The individuals supply evidence-based insights into the social complexities of either drug use and drug clients, as they learn these particular teams who're linked to specific styles of drug use. Drug matters are associated with features of gender, race and social exclusion, all of that have a resonance within the present discourses of coverage making. ''Drugs: coverage and Politics'' presents a huge set of instruments with which to reconsider the variety of drug use and drug clients. it's important studying for social coverage scholars and researchers, in addition to trainee social staff, probation officials, police and criminal officials.

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Klee, H. (2002) Women, family and drugs, in H. Klee, M. Jackson and S. Lewis (eds) Drug Misuse and Motherhood. London: Routledge. McGregor, S. (2000) Drugs Research Funded by Central Government Departments: A Review. Middlesex: Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University. S. (2000) Women, Drugs and Custody. The Experiences of Women Drug Users in Prison. Winchester: Waterside Press. NTA (National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse) (2002) Models of Care for the Treatment of Adult Drug Misusers.

A review of the literature indicates that the issue of pregnancy, children and childcare is one of the biggest issues faced by women in dealing with their drug use (Henderson 1990; Sargent 1992; Taylor 1993; Boyd and Faith 1999; Heneghan 2000). Indeed, for Campbell (2000) the major difference in the experience of women and men problem drug users is their differential responsibilities for social reproduction – the daily business of keeping families together and afloat. As primary carers therefore, drug use has significantly greater implications for women’s relationship with their children than it does for men.

Typically, women have been both viewed and Gender, Drugs and Policy 19 represented as deviant, promiscuous or as passive victims, and on the whole, policy and service provision has reflected this view. However, in recent years this situation has changed and the emerging literature and theorizing concerning women’s drug use is considered along with its potential impact on future policy trends. Gender and current drugs policy As a major plank of its ten-year national drug strategy, the government has been concerned to reduce the demand for drugs by reducing the number of problem drug users and increasing their participation in drug treatment programmes (HM Government 1998).

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