Klein, A. and Metaal, P. (2010) A good chew or good riddance-How to move forward in the regulation of khat consumption. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 132 (3). pp. 584-589. ISSN 0378-8741.
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Aims: to review the status of khat, the most recent plant based psychoactive substance to reach a global market, and consider policy making processes in general and the framework of drug control in particular. Materials and methods: Desk review of literature on khat and wider drug policy processes. Results: The risk assessment and classification of psychoactive drugs is a contested arena where political, economic and moral agendas collide, leaving countries that have banned khat, with significant social costs. To best manage the risks arising from the increasing availability of khat it is therefore suggested to draft a regulatory framework with clear objectives and guiding principles. Conclusions: Given the medical risks of khat use are modest, the objective of the regulatory framework should be the protection of consumers and community. This is best achived by establishing processes for the quality control of khat imports, and by regulating access and availability. It should therefore not be considered as a drug to be controlled but as a licit substance that needs to be regulated.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Khat, Drug control, Regulation, Drug legalisation|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug use and miuse|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies|
|Depositing User:||Paula Loader|
|Date Deposited:||01 Apr 2011 14:54|
|Last Modified:||15 Feb 2013 11:40|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27611 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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