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Daniel Briggs and Rubén Monge Gamero

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341680

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341680.001.0001

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The council, police and health services: An impasse to solutions

The council, police and health services: An impasse to solutions

(p.167) 7 The council, police and health services: An impasse to solutions
Dead-End Lives

Daniel Briggs

Rubén Monge Gamero

Policy Press

What is precisely contributing to the continued functioning of the drug market in Valdemingómez? How is it so many people arrive here at this point in their dependency yet so few are able to recover? If the council and police know where the problem is, why are they not able to intervene? It is simply not just only because of the ready availability and demand for drugs because there are high levels of police corruption taking place and the harm reduction team, with all good intentions, are only able to ‘maintain’ people in their misery: both of which are directly linked to wider political deficiencies. In this chapter, we discuss the importance of this because a moot point arises from potential meaningful intervention because the “problem” - and its complexity, gravity and cultural genetics – carries the same liability as the “intervention”: so in short intervention merely sustains the problem.

Keywords:   Council, police, harm reduction, intervention, moot point

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