British drugs policy: Problematizing the distinction between legal and illegal drugs and the definition of the ‘drugs problem’.

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Abstract

This article draws upon an extensive literature review of the social and medical sciences, official documents and various websites to critically re-evaluate the basis of British drugs policy. The article problematizes the rationale for criminalizing certain substances and questions the distinctions created between legal and illegal drugs; in so doing, the article argues that the definition of the `drugs problem' is the real problem. It shows that the debate on illegal drugs is filled less with factual truths and more with misinformation which creates public fear and provides a questionable basis for public policy. The article questions current thinking regarding the drugs/crime relationship and concludes by exploring some implications for policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-187
Number of pages17
JournalProbation Journal
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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