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NCJ Number: 147964 Find in a Library
Journal: International Journal of Drug Policy  Volume:4  Issue:4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:194-201
Author(s): J Skirrow
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of Canada's drug abuse policy notes that the approach to illegal drugs does not differ from the approach to legal drugs and concludes that the country should change the thinking that has offered simple solutions to a complex problem.
Abstract: Although Canada's response to the health and social problems resulting from drug abuse has been constructive, the response to drug use itself has been less useful. Change is difficult to achieve due to the bureaucratic imperative that produces an exaggeration of the problem, the short attention span of politicians, and the national capital's focus on crises. Instead of the political symbols and empty rhetoric of a War on Drugs, the country should redefine the drug issue as essentially a public health matter requiring control measures that do not depend on the criminal justice system and that recognize the complexity of normal human behavior and the many ways we can influence it. 11 references
Main Term(s): Drug regulation
Index Term(s): Canada; Foreign laws
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