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NCJ Number: 218204 
Title: Systemic Normalisation?--Mapping and Interpreting Policy Responses to Illicit Drug Use (From Drugs and Popular Culture: Drugs, Media and Identity in Contemporary Society, P 260-277, 2007, Paul Manning, ed. -- See NCJ-218196)
Author(s): Richard Huggins
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines policy development regarding illicit drug use in the United Kingdom, with attention to criminal justice responses.
Abstract: An analysis of the historical evolution of British drug policy first traces its development from the 1920s through the 1970s. This period of drug regulation can best be described as responding to international expectations regarding the control of specified drugs, especially as defined by the United States. The second historical period of drug policy development addresses the years 1990-2002. This period saw an effort by the British Government to develop and implement an overarching strategic response to substance misuse that went beyond legislation alone to include law enforcement, education, prevention, and treatment. The strategy for England and Wales focuses on community-based crime prevention and multiagency partnerships structured as Drug Action teams. Responses have been further developed through the launching of the Criminal Justice Intervention Program (CJIP) and the Drug Intervention Program (DIP). These programs are designed to provide a uniform track for managing drug users in the criminal justice system, from arrest, to supervision, to release, and aftercare. Such a comprehensive strategy of response to drug-using individuals, particularly those who contact the criminal justice system, indicates that drug use in the United Kingdom is viewed both as a significant problem and as sufficiently prevalent as to be a "normalized" behavior in British society. 5 notes and 98 references
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Drug use; Foreign drug law enforcement; Foreign laws; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse; United Kingdom (UK)
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