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The Effects of EU Enlargement on European Drug Policy

Chatwin, Caroline (2004) The Effects of EU Enlargement on European Drug Policy. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 11 (6). pp. 437-448. ISSN 0968-7637. (doi:10.1080/09687630412331325629) (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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Abstract

In May this year ten new countries joined the existing European Union(EU) member states after long and complex accession negotiations. This article examines preparations for accession that were made in the area of illicit drug policy and discusses both their effectiveness and possible limitations. In the areas of drug trafficking and production and the exchange of information between member states some concrete policy measures have been almost directly transferable to new member states, largely due to the high degree of cooperation between existing member states in these areas. However, in the more controversial areas of harm reduction and dealing with drug use and drug users there are no concrete EU guidelines in place and policy is left up to the national governments of individual countries. In this important area many existing EU member

states have adopted important measures designed to reduce the harm of official drug policy but these practices are not proving to be so easily transferable to new member states. This article discusses the consequences of failing to adequately develop policy across the EU in this important area and suggests that failing to address this important issue in the new member states could have far reaching ramifications for the rest of Europe.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09687630412331325629
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 21:20 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28552 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Chatwin, Caroline: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7124-2264
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