User Involvement in the illegal drugs field: what can Britain learn from European experiences?

Chatwin, Caroline (2010) User Involvement in the illegal drugs field: what can Britain learn from European experiences? Safer Communities, 9 (4). pp. 51-60. ISSN 1757-8043. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.5042/sc.2010.0585

Abstract

In Britain, the last two decades have seen a considerable increase in focus on service users' involvement in the provision of services that directly affect them, particularly where service users originate from a hard to reach population such as drug users. While the National Treatment Agency and drug and alcohol action teams often extol the virtues of the involvement of drug users in their service provision, participation of this type does not come without problems of its own. Experience of drug user involvement in service provision is much more established in Europe and this article seeks to utilise European examples in illustrating the potential pitfalls of such a strategy. Case studies are examined from three countries: the Netherlands where drug policy is relatively liberal and drug user groups have been established since the 1970s; Denmark where drug policy is fairly well balanced between repression and tolerance and drug user groups have been established since the 1990s; and Sweden where drug policy is relatively repressive and drug user groups are only just emerging. Salient points from these case studies are then used to form the discussion, relating European experiences to the situation in Britain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: International drug policy, service user involvement, harm reduction
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Caroline Chatwin
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 21:50
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 13:34
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28555 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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