Shifting the Main Purposes of Drug Control: From Suppression to Regulation of Use
I believe that the original aims of the (almost full) prohibition of substance use, as it is applied according to the NY Single Convention of 1961, are unattainable. Instead, I want to present some arguments and ways of looking at drug use that support a far-reaching revision of the current aims of drug control. Drug policy goals should shift, from suppression of use to regulation of use. In this article, I will present drug use data collected in Amsterdam that, in my view, supports such a shift. Ten years of drug use data in the population of Amsterdam show a remarkable level of control and stability in drug use patterns in a policy environment that allows relatively easy access to drugs. Internal controls on drug use can be expected to play a much larger part in structuring these patterns than classic drug policy theory allows.
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Link to Baker Institute Research Libraryhttp://www.bakerinstitute.org/research/shifting-the-main-purposes-of-drug-control-from-suppression-to-regulation-of-use/
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