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.
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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.
|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:||13 Dec 2011 11:00|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28555 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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