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The elusive search for rights-centred public health approaches to drug policy: a comment

Csete, Joanne (2020) The elusive search for rights-centred public health approaches to drug policy: a comment. Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, 2 (1). 1 - 9. ISSN 2516-7227

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Abstract

While it is common for United Nations member states in international meetings to espouse ‘public health approaches’ to drug policy, actual policies appear not to have caught up with this rhetoric. There is a lingering over-emphasis in narcotic drug policies on policing and incarceration at the expense of urgently needed investment in health and social services for people who use drugs. These policies have lethal consequences in the transmission of potentially fatal infections and preventable overdose deaths, and they impede progress in social and economic development. The experience of a number of countries, mostly in the European Union, highlights that bringing public health evidence into the center of drug policy decision-making can have broad social, economic and public health benefits.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://jied.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2020 10:48
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 23:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106624

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