Klein, A. (2008) Khat in the neighbourhood - Local government responses to Khat use in a London community. Substance Use and Misuse, 43 (6). 819 -831. ISSN 1082-6084 .
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There is increasing fear among the general public about khat, its use and users, and associated crime. In many English cities, neighborhoods with growing Somali populations and emerging khat-using scenes and markets have to find ways of managing the impact of the negative image of khat. This case study describes and analyzes how a local municipal authority can respond constructively by generating an evidence base, engaging in consultation, and endeavoring to identify the actual relationship between reported criminality and public nuisance and the alleged patterns of use and distribution of khat. It is argued that it is important to frame the khat in the community not as a "drug problem" but as a wider public health issue, for which appropriate solutions can be developed.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||khat; community drug policy; Somali; harm reduction|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug use and miuse
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies|
|Depositing User:||Louise Dorman|
|Date Deposited:||18 Apr 2009 10:09|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2013 13:29|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14686 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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