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Legalising drugs: Debates and dilemmas

Philip Bean


Government policy has steadfastly been against drug legalisation, but increasingly critics have argued that this is unsustainable. This book is a timely examination of the issues this raises. Numerous suggestions have been offered. Some seek complete legalisation, others a more modified form, yet still others want an increasing commitment to harm reduction policies. The book examines the implications of these proposals for individuals, especially juveniles, and for society, when set against crime reduction claims. It concludes with the necessary questions a rational drug policy must answer.

Keywords: drugs, drug legalisation, harm reduction policies, crime reduction, drug policy, juveniles, social policy, criminology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847423757
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Bean, author