Khat in the neighbourhood - Local government responses to Khat use in a London community

Klein, Axel (2008) Khat in the neighbourhood - Local government responses to Khat use in a London community. Substance Use & Misuse, 43 (6). 819 -831. ISSN 1082-6084. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

Item Type: Article
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: 06 May 2014 14:06
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