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  • Drug policy profiles — Ireland

    Posted on March 3rd, 2013 TimB No comments



    The national drug policy of Ireland comes under the spotlight in the second volume in the EMCDDA series of Drug policy profiles. Examining the evolution of Irish drug policy through four periods of historic development, the report explores: the country’s national strategies; the legal context within which they operate; the public funds spent, or committed, to implement them; and the political bodies and mechanisms set up to coordinate the response to the problem.

    The profile sets this information in context by outlining the size, wealth and economic situation of the country as a whole, as well as the historical development of the current policy. Also described is the manner in which events in Ireland bear similarities with, and differences from, developments in other European countries.


  • What can we learn from Sweden’s drug policy experience?

    Posted on January 26th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Sweden is well-known for its commitment to a vision of “the drug-free society”. In recent years, Sweden’s drug policies have been the focus of considerable attention and debate, which may be seen in the context of both the ten year United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) review of international drug control and a much broader discourse of drug policy reform that has achieved growing political salience in many parts of the world. The Swedish example has been deployed by those arguing for a zero tolerance approach to drug policies and abstinence-driven treatments for dependent use (for example, the UK Conservative party)


  • Legislative Innovation in Drug Policy

    Posted on November 13th, 2009 TimB No comments

    This briefing summarizes good practices in legislative reforms around the world, representing steps away from a repressive zero-tolerance model towards a more evidence-based and humane drug policy. The examples provide lessons learned in practice about less punitive approaches and their impact on levels of drug use and drugrelated
    harm to the individual and society.

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  • Drug policy reform in practice Experiences with alternatives in Europe and the US

    Posted on August 18th, 2009 TimB No comments

    This article provides an overview of European drug policy practices regarding harm reduction, decriminalization of consumption and possession, and more tolerant policies towards cannabis, particularly in The Netherlands and several states in the US. The discussion about drug policy is often hampered by polarized positions of a war on drugs
    versus legalization. This dichotomy obscures the fact that much experience has been gained regarding less repressive approaches, offering a broad panorama of guiding principles and lessons learned.


  • The Five Stages of Grief over Obama’s Drug Policies- Stanton Peele

    Posted on August 9th, 2009 TimB No comments

    Like the stages people who experience grief due to a personal tragedy pass through, people concerned about modifying American drug policies have dialed through these five stages since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States:

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  • Analysis and debate on drug policy and law reform, and a critical look at drugs and drug policy in the media.

    Posted on July 27th, 2009 TimB No comments

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