Sociological approaches to the study of drug use and policy

Stevens, Alex (2011) Sociological approaches to the study of drug use and policy. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22 (6). pp. 399-403. ISSN 0955-3959. (doi: (Full text available)

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Sociology has contributed much to the study of drug use and dependence, as numerous reviews can attest (e.g. Adrian, 2003; Allen, 2007; Bergeron, 2009; Faupel, Horowitz, & Weaver, 2004; Rhodes, 2009; Weinberg, 2011). However, the study of drug policy has often been left to economists, with assistance from operational researchers, public policy specialists, lawyers and psychologists (e.g. Boyum & Reuter, 2005; Caulkins, Tragler, & Wallner, 2009; Donohue, Ewing, & Peloquin, 2011; Kleiman, 2009; MacCoun & Reuter, 2001). As Peter Reuter recently stated, while economics has provided useful contributions to the analysis of the drug trade seen as a market, economists have too often failed to question or verify the – often grand – assumptions that they tend to bring to the study of these markets (Reuter, 2011).

Item Type: Article
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
Depositing User: Taryn Duhig
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2012 10:15 UTC
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