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NCJ Number: 200770 Find in a Library
Title: Recent Developments Regarding Drug Law and Policy in Germany and the European Community: The Evolution of Drug Control in Europe
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2002  Pages:363-378
Author(s): Lorenz Bollinger
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews developments in European drug laws and drug controls during the 1990’s.
Abstract: Noting that drug use is not new to human culture, this article discusses recent and current drug policy developments in Europe, citing recent harm reduction strategies. Focusing on theories of complex social and historical interactions concerning drug use, the author addresses recent changes in drug laws and drug law implementation in Europe before presenting three models of the decriminalization of drugs. Describing procedural law decriminalization, informal decriminalization practices, and substantive law decriminalization, the article discusses the medicalization of Europe’s drug problem, highlighting current legislation and other developments. Neither legislators nor the European general public is ready to accept a libertarian approach to drug use such as that found in the Netherlands. Following a discussion of the abstinence, medicalization, and acceptance paradigms, the author suggests that current changes in drug laws involve different levels of drug policy and drug care. Local, regional, and national service organizations exist for drug users and supporters of drug legislation who all contribute to effectively managing the drug control system in Germany and the European Union. References
Main Term(s): Foreign drug law enforcement; International drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug laws; Europe; European Union; Germany; Netherlands
Note: Special Issue: Confronting the Prohibition Model: German Drug Policy in the 21st Century, see NCJ 200771-786
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