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NCJ Number: 128196 Find in a Library
Title: Social Morality and the Civil Rights to Canadian Drug Users
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:21  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1991)  Pages:165-182
Author(s): L Beauchesne
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The LeDain Commission, established in Canada in the early 1970's to conduct an in-depth study of issues related to the non-medical use of drugs, identified three theoretical viewpoints with regard to the civil rights of drug users.
Abstract: The first minority report demanded a liberal policy toward drug use, claiming the State's role was only as guardian of the public order. Another minority report advocated a more repressive stance, requiring the State to enforce social morality. The majority position called for a paternalistic approach combining punishment and treatment. The author maintains that Canadian drug laws since the Commission report have become more repressive and violate drug users' civil rights. The article examines this abuse in terms of specific aspects of drug intervention including detection programs, school and workplace investigations, compulsory treatment programs, and prevention programs. Five significant groups in Europe and North America have formed for the purpose of changing the legal climate with regard to drug use in order to end these civil rights violations. 2 notes and 38 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Canada
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