Harm Reduction: A New Direction for Drug Policies and by Patricia G Erickson et al (eds)

By Patricia G Erickson et al (eds)

Because the First foreign convention at the aid of Drug-Related damage, held in 1990, the time period 'harm aid' has received broad foreign money within the parts of public future health and drug coverage. formerly the sector was once characterised by means of heated fight among prohibition and legalization of addictive elements, and this debate tended to vague useful, collective techniques. damage aid, an process which encompasses quite a few coverage directives and software tasks used to be encouraged through the optimistic results of such public measures as needle-exchange courses for relief of HIV possibility, methadone upkeep courses, schooling at the dangers of tobacco use, and courses designed to restrict alcohol consumption.

The essays during this booklet illustrate the scope and energy of the rising damage aid version. The essays, drawn from seven overseas meetings on damage relief, hide a wide selection of issues, together with public coverage, ladies and reproductive matters, the stories of detailed populations, human rights; defining and measuring damage, and intervention.

Researchers and practitioners will enjoy the various papers within the quantity, which mix insights into policy-making and front-line outreach efforts with finished conceptual and empirical methods. damage aid represents an incredible initiative in making educational paintings available and priceless to a bigger group, and offers counsel for the advance of powerful rules and courses.

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The members of the commission included law-enforcement officials, alcohol-treatment experts, psychiatrists, a drug-use researcher, and a sociologist. The commission was chaired by Louk Hulsman, a professor of criminal law at the University of Rotterdam who was very critical towards the use of criminal law in general. This commission presented its final report in October 1971. However, drafts of the final report had circulated before that date. Also in 1968, the under-secretary of health, a medical man himself and worried about the use of marijuana, set up a state commission.

1995). See, for an overview of almost all available cannabis-use data in the Netherlands, Korf 1995. Since our first household survey in Amsterdam, lifetime experience with cannabis has risen from 23% in 1987 to 29% in 1994 (N = 4400). Because last-twelve-months and last-thirty-days consumption has remained stable (at 10 and 6% respectively) we assume that the rise in lifetime prevalence is due to the decease of the elderly. According to the mayor of Amsterdam, S. Patijn, the city has 380 outlets for cannabis-type drugs, so-called coffee shops, as of April 1996.

Cocaine, introduced in the early seventies as well, and peaking in the period from 1982 to 1985, is now an established albeit not widely used substance in the Dutch capital. Seven per cent of the Amsterdam adult The Case of the Two Dutch Drug-Policy Commissions 29 population over twelve years has used this substance (Sandwijk et al. 1995). MDMA or XTC appeared in the mid-eighties. Cannabis use has almost 'normalized' in the Dutch cities in the sense that it is culturally more or less accepted, and certainly no longer taboo.

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